J8.3 GeoMetWatch: A global, commercial Hyperspectral Imaging/Sounding System

Wednesday, 9 January 2013: 2:00 PM
Ballroom A (Austin Convention Center)
David J. Crain, GeoMetWatch, Las Vegas, NV

GeoMetWatch is US Company which is developing a global Hyperspectral Imaging Sounder for Operational weather and Earth Observation. The technology used for this system is based on the NASA/GIFTS sensor development. The commercial derivative of this sensor is called STORM and this presentation will describe its general operational features and how GeoMetWatch plans to use this technology to provide global hyperspectral sounding data for utilization by government and private entities to improve severe weather forecasts, numerical weather prediction and regional – global climate parameters. The GeoMetWatch system is unlike any previous operational weather satellite in that it provides data on a fee-for-service basis and at a much lower cost as compared to a conventional weather satellite. Because of this low cost and low risk , GMW provides a viable alternative to transition important Research capabilities ( i.e. GIFTS) to Operational use that is sustainable and can be applied to other technologies.
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