5th GOES Users' Conference


Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) in support of NOAA's Climate Reference Network (CRN)

Debra Braun, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC, Asheville, NC

A key technology in successfully observing climate change is cost-effective, reliable, near real time transmission and data distribution. The GOES primarily supports National Weather Service requirements. However, the satellites also provide communication support to an extended interagency user community conducting scientific research and protecting lives and property in the Western Hemisphere and have done so for more than thirty years. NOAA's Climate Reference Network uses NOAA's GOES infrastructure to collect observations and to distribute them for the purpose of monitoring observing stations in the United States and Canada.

This paper presents some historical context for the role of communication in NOAA's observation of in-situ temperature and precipitation for climate purposes, several factors key to the success or failure of data communications for in-situ stations, and why the GOES and the GOES Data Collection System continues to be a very favorable alternative. The paper also describes the role of near real time communications in transitioning instrument and algorithm changes from research to operations and the role planned for GOES in the Global Climate Observing System and a modernized regional climate network. Additionally, consideration is given to the impact to GOES-R capability and ground systems of a climate network consisting of hundreds of stations with the need for near real time high data rate communications and large message windows.

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Poster Session 1, Fifth GOES Users' Confererence Poster Session
Wednesday, 23 January 2008, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Exhibit Hall B

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