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UPDATE: Where Geospatial Meets the White House FY2015 Budget

Wednesday, March 5th 2014
By Joe Francica

The White House today released its fiscal 2015 budget and called specifically for research and development which will impact the geospatial technology market. Here are some excerpts from the budget allocations:

  • $925 million for R&D at the Department of the Interior, including work relating to environmental and natural resource monitoring, energy permitting, ecosystem restoration and management, and Earth observations.
    • Specific science activities supported include energy permitting, ecosystem restoration and management, Earth observations (such as water and wildlife monitoring), and tribal natural resource management).
    • BLM: The BLM is requesting $3.8 million to expand the implementation of the BLM’s enterprise geospatial system in 2015.  This will include improved data management across administrative units that will provide enhanced information for landscape-scale planning initiatives, include the Greater Sage-Grouse Plan Implementation and Monitoring, Renewable energy Development, Rapid Eco-regional Assessments, Climate Change Adaptation and Regional Mitigation.
    • BLM: Alaska Conveyance – The 2015 budget proposal seeks $19 million for the Alaska Conveyance Program allowing the Agency to continue to pursue the implementation of more efficient cadastral survey methods with a goal of completing all Alaska survey and land transfers in the next 10 years.
    • USGS: Core Science Systems – The 2015 budget provides $109.4 million for Core Science Systems, $593,000 above the 2014 enacted level. This activity provides the Nation with access to science, information, and geospatial frameworks used to manage natural resources and plan for and respond to natural hazards. Biologic and geologic data archives and geospatial data in The National Map provide critical data about the Earth, its complex processes, and natural resources. In addition to an increase for hydraulic fracturing discussed above, the 2015 budget includes a program increase of $2.0 million for the Big Earth Data Initiative.
    • USGS: Program increases in the National Geospatial Program include $5.0 million for Lidar collection through the 3-D Elevation Program, $236,000 for Alaska Mapping, and $1.9 million for The National Map modernization. Increases are partially offset by reductions in several activities within the Core Science Systems Mission Area.
  • $876 million for R&D at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to support work in cybersecurity, explosives detection, nuclear detection, and chemical/biological detection, and for the development of state-of-the-art solutions for first responders.
  • $688 million for R&D at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the Department of Commerce, to support critical satellite programs, Earth observations, ocean and coastal research, and NOAA's other core science and stewardship responsibilities.
    • The Budget provides $2.0 billion to continue the development of NOAA’s polar-orbiting and geostationary weather satellite systems, as well as satellite-borne measurements of sea level and potentially devastating solar storms
  • $11.6 billion for R&D at theNational Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    • Within that total, the Budget provides $1.8 billion for Earth Science to maintain progress toward important satellite missions, support climate research, and sustain vital space-based Earth observations
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