Accession Number:

ADA556909

Title:

Environmental Satellites: Strategy Needed to Sustain Critical Climate and Space Weather Measurements

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2010-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

52.0

Abstract:

Environmental satellites provide data on the earth and its space environment that are used for forecasting the weather, measuring variations in climate over time, and predicting space weather. In planning for the next generation of these satellites, federal agencies originally sought to fulfill weather, climate, and space weather requirements. However, in 2006, federal agencies restructured two key satellite acquisitions, the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System NPOESS and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series GOES-R. This involved removing key climate and space weather instruments. GAO was asked to do the following 1 assess plans for restoring the capabilities that were removed from the two key satellite acquisitions, 2 evaluate federal efforts to establish a strategy for the long-term provision of satellite-provided climate data, and 3 evaluate federal efforts to establish a strategy for the long-term provision of satellite-provided space weather data. To do so, GAO analyzed agency plans and reports. GAO is making recommendations to the Presidents Assistant for Science and Technology to establish and implement interagency strategies for the long-term provision of environmental observations. The Assistants office neither agreed nor disagreed with the recommendations, but noted its plan to develop a strategy for earth observations.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE