9B.6 GEONETCast Americas: Overview and Methods for Accessing NOAA Satellite Data

Thursday, 10 January 2019: 11:15 AM
North 231C (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Natalia Donoho, NOAA/NESDIS, Suitland, MD; and D. Souza, E. Madsen, and P. Seymour

GEONETCast Americas (GNC-A) is the Western Hemisphere component of GEONETCast, a near real time, global network of satellite-based data dissemination systems designed to distribute space-based, air-borne and in situ data, metadata and products to diverse communities. This user-driven, user-friendly and low-cost information dissemination service aims to provide global information as a basis for sound decision-making in the critical areas, including Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability; Energy and Mineral Resources Management; Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture; Infrastructure and Transportation Management; Public Health Surveillance; Sustainable Urban Development and Water Resources Management plus the overarching areas of meteorology. Accessing and sharing such a range of vital data will yield societal benefits through improved human health and well-being, environment management and economic growth.

GEONETCast Americas is particularly suited to support Disaster Resilience and severe weather events. The low cost stations can be used as a backup to NOAA GOES-R Series Rebroadcast or High Rate Data Polar receivers. It can also be a primary, operational receiver for a limited number of GOES-16, GOES-17, Suomi-NPP and JPSS channels and derived products. Broadcast reliability is above 99.95% and the C-band frequency is resistant to rain-fade. Products to support specific disaster events can be inserted into the broadcast in an ad-hoc manner, including from the International Disaster Charter and NASA. The receive stations can be purchased for between $5000 and $10,000 or even less for a truly portable station. Stations can be made resilient through the use of a portable generator to power the antenna system, receiver and computer, which in an emergency situation can be a laptop. Current products include 7 channels of GOES-16 CMI imagery, a GOES-16 GLM product, a selection of NPP/JPSS imagery and products and a large selection of other products from national and international content providers including the NOAA National Weather Service "International Services and Communication Systems" (ISCS) activity.

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