Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites Socioeconomic Benefits Tiger Team

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Monday, 5 January 2015: 4:30 PM
231ABC (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Charles Wooldridge, NOAA/NESDIS, Silver Spring, MD

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is an agency of the United Nations consisting of 191 member states that provides the UN's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources. WMO facilitates the free and unrestricted exchange of data and information, products and services in real- or near-real time on matters relating to safety and security of society, economic welfare and the protection of the environment. The Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) works with the WMO Space Programme to establish and fulfill environmental requirements as well as to provide support to users as required to facilitate and develop shared access to and use of satellite data and products in various applications. In support of this, the CGMS established the Socioeconomic Benefits Tiger Team (SETT). The two main purposes of the SETT are to develop a credible methodology and common terminology for articulating the socioeconomic benefit of satellite observing systems and to explore the most effective ways to communicate this information to desired stakeholders. This presentation will address some of the social and economic benefits resulting from meteorological satellite programs and the current and planned activities of the SETT.