Accession Number:

ADA336015

Title:

Reducing the Costs of Collecting Meteorological Data: A Workshop Summary.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1995-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

Information about the Earth obtained from satellite systems assists the National Weather Service NWS of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA in conducting its legislatively mandated programs to provide weather and flood forecasts and warnings for the American public, improve public safety, and provide weather information for conunerce and science. NOAAs National Environmental Data and Information Service NESDIS operates two meteorological satellite systems-the geostationary operational environmental satellite GOES system and the low Earth orbit LEO polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite POES system in support of the meteorological data needs of the NWS. The Department of Defenses DODs Defense Meteorological Satellite Program DMSP provides similar meteorological data to support the survveillance, war-fighting, and peacekeeping operations of U.S. military forces. Under normal operating conditions, each system consists of two satellites in orbit and the associated satellite control and data receiving stations, data archives, and data distribution networks. Appendix A summarizes the technical characteristics of these systems and outlines their planned development and launch schedules.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE