NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System's Proving Ground and Risk Reduction Program Bringing New Capabilities to Operations!

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Monday, 3 February 2014
Hall C3 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Bill Sjoberg, Support to NESDIS JPSS Program, Lanham, MD; and D. M. Goldberg

This presentation will focus on the NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program's Proving Ground and Risk Reduction (PGRR) initiative and how it has prepared NOAA users to effectively utilize new polar-orbiting capabilities. The PGRR Program was established in 2012, following the launch of the Suomi National Polar Partnership (SNPP) satellite. Nearly 100 proposals went through a rigorous selection process with over 30 projects selected for funding. In the past year, these projects have been instrumental in assisting NOAA users in their efforts to evaluate new JPSS capabilities in an operational environment. Project leads work with the users to determine how best to use new JPSS data, and to quickly transition these capabilities to operations. Based on the success of the PGRR Program additional work was funded in 2013. The presenter will provide details of PGRR Program procedures and specific project success stories.