Indian Ocean METOC Imager
OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH ARLINGTON VA
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Using advanced technologies, the Indian Ocean METOC Imager IOMI Program will develop and launch a geostationary imager to demonstrate over the Indian Ocean the military operational utility of an advanced weather sensor. A partnership with NASA has been formed to utilize the New Millenium Program, Earth Observing 3 Geostationary Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer GIFTS sensor development to provide this advanced capability. The IOMI program will share costs for the GIFTS sensor development, the spacecraft bus, provide lifetime enhancements to the GIFTS sensor, and extend the mission life to provide a validation period of the technologies over the Indian Ocean. Direct data downlink to the Fleet via SMQ-11 will demonstrate the operational military utility in addition to data distribution to Navy centers, NOAA, NASA and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology community. Additionally, GIFTS will provide Federal Aviation Administration and Air Force Weather Service forecast of Turbulence Convective Instability for commercial airplanesair traffic during the CONUS demonstration and calibrationvalidation phase. Demonstration of real-time temperature and moisture field will enable the nowcasting i.e., observation and short-term forecasting demonstration of changing weather and cloud conditions, as needed for military enroute tactical decisions during aircraft operations. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA will participate in the NASANavy program by providing the CONUS Phase I ground station infrastructure and data calibrationvalidation. The Australia Bureau of Meteorology has expressed their intent to provide a ground station and data processing during the Phase II, DoD Mission over the Indian Ocean, to facilitate the distribution of data to the World Meteorological Community for enhanced global weather models.