Reducing Loss of Life and Property from Disasters: A Societal Benefit Area of the Strategic Plan for U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System (IEOS) [open pdf - 501KB]
"On July 31, 2003, representatives of more than thirty nations met in Washington, D.C. at the first Earth Observation Summit, to begin work on a proposal for improving global Earth observations. This effort culminated in 2005 with the adoption and publication of two reports (GEO, 2005a; 2005b). The U.S. component of this global effort, the Interagency Working Group on Earth Observations (IWGEO), now the U. S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) was established in August 2003 under the Committee for Environmental and Natural Resources (CENR) of the White House National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The NSTC Subcommittee for Disaster Reduction (SDR) subsequently set up a task group to assist the IWGEO by identifying U.S. capabilities and needs in the area of observing and predicting hazards and disasters. This report documents the work of the Earth Observation Task Group (EOTG) of the SDR. This report and the tables that accompany it have served as the basis for those sections in both the U.S. national plan (CENR/IWGEO, 2005) and the international GEO plan (GEO, 2005b) that cover the area of hazards and disasters."
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1147
United States Geological Survey: http://pubs.usgs.gov/