Over the past decade, NASA missions such as TERRA, AQUA and AURA, which were primarily launched to produce research measurements, have demonstrated their value for use in support of operational users and decision making. Data and products from instruments such as MODIS, TRMM and OMI now have significant and growing communities around the world that use these products in fighting wildfires, predicting floods and landslides, and monitoring air pollution. Leveraging the routine observations of ecosystem conditions, we developed the Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (TOPS) to produce operational ecological nowcasts and forecasts in support of natural resource management. TOPS is a data-modeling system designed to integrate satellite and surface observations with ecosystem models to produce operational nowcasts and forecasts of ecosystem states and function. The TOPS framework is currently being used to produce data and information products for integration with operational decision support system through multiple projects funded under the Applied Sciences Program (ASP). These ASP projects include efforts focused on crop yield monitoring, protected area management, fisheries management, public health, and water resources management. TOPS is also a core component of the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX), a new collaboration platform for the Earth science research and applications communities that provides a mechanism for scientific collaboration and knowledge sharing. Our experiences with the ASP projects, not all equally successful, taught us many valuable lessons which are consistent with the consensus that emerged from a workshop held by ASP in February 2010. In this proposal, we address the recommendations of the workshop by leveraging existing activities such as TOPS and NEX in support of NPP applications through the following steps: 1) Understand the errors and uncertainties associated with the transition from MODIS to VIIRS with reference to Applied Sciences Program (Data Continuity) 2) Integrate NPP data and products into existing applications by conveying the errors and uncertainties (Data Continuity) 3) Continue to engage federal, state and local partners in the NPP mission by providing a platform for creating high-level products and rapid prototyping of applications (Early Integration of Applied Science Community)