Decadal Surveys – A Quick Overview

“Decadal Surveys” are studies that are produced by the National Academies of Science organization. The term Decadal Survey is derived from the fact that these studies look forward to the next 10 years (a decade) of research in a particular discipline and are performed about every 10 years. The surveys represent a consensus of the researchers in a particular discipline regarding what are the most important areas of research and the order in which specific missions should be executed.

Space related Decadal Surveys are used by NASA and Congress as part of the strategy, planning and budgeting process.

Decadal Surveys used by NASA





 Biological and Physical Sciences

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