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AFCEA Energy & Earth Science Charter: Overview Today more than ever, we live in times facing many challenges to our planet, both man-made and natural. We know our climate is changing and as a result, the impact can be felt in many aspects of our lives. The Energy & Earth Sciences mission, and needs of that mission are dynamic, evolving, and accelerating in pace. To sustain this acceleration, technological innovation that empowers such advancement and performance are essential. The AFCEA Energy & Earth Sciences mission is to serve as an advocate for Government, Industry and Academia to foster an environment where all facets can communicate and collaborate openly to develop and apply the best of breed thought leadership that address both old and emerging challenges. Examples: DOE, NRC, EPA, DOI, NASA, NOAA, USDA, TRANSPORTATION, FEMA, DHS, STATE, USAID, HHS, etc. The focus of the chapter will be on the Energy & Earth Sciences Community which consist of four main components: Geology: Science of the Earth Geology is the primary Earth science. The word means "study of the Earth". Geology deals with the composition of Earth materials, Earth structures, and Earth processes. It is also concerned with the organisms of the planet and how the planet has changed over time. Geologists search for fuels and minerals, study natural hazards, and work to protect Earth's environment. Meteorology: Science of the Atmosphere Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere and how processes in the atmosphere determine Earth's weather and climate. Meteorology is a very practical science because everyone is concerned about the weather. How climate changes over time in response to the actions of people is a topic of urgent and worldwide concern. The study of meteorology is of critical concern for protecting Earth's environment. Oceanography: Science of the Oceans Oceanography is the study of Earth's oceans and their composition, movement, organisms and processes. The oceans cover most of our planet and are important resources for food and other commodities. They are increasingly being used as an energy source. The oceans also have a major influence on the weather and changes in the oceans can drive or moderate climate change. Oceanographers work to develop the ocean as a resource and protect it from human impact. The goal is to utilize the oceans while minimizing the effects of our actions. Astronomy: Science of the Universe Astronomy is the study of the universe. Here are some examples of why studying space beyond Earth is important: the moon drives the ocean's tidal system, asteroid impacts have repeatedly devastated Earth's inhabitants and energy from the sun drives our weather and climates. A knowledge of astronomy is essential to understanding the Earth. Astronomers can also use a knowledge of Earth materials, processes and history to understand other planets - even those outside of our own solar system.

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