Joint Polar Satellite System Socio-Economic Benefits

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Monday, 5 January 2015: 5:00 PM
231ABC (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Ajay Mehta, NOAA/NESDIS, Lanham, MD; and M. Goldberg and J. Furgerson

NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is the next generation low earth orbit environmental satellite providing operational continuity of satellite-based observations and products beyond NOAA Polar-orbiting satellites and NASA Earth-observing satellite. The JPSS satellites are in the mid-afternoon polar orbit imaging the entire earth twice a day and crossing the equator at approximately 1330 and 0130 local time. Global data from JPSS feed the numerical weather prediction models and are used to create a variety of environmental products. NOAA's environmental satellites are the backbone of life-saving weather forecasts and advance hazardous outlooks. In this talk, we will discuss the societal and economic contributions of JPSS. In addition, the results of the recent JPSS economic benefit study will be highlighted.