Communicating the Value of the Satellite Data: Examples from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Authors: Margarita Gregg, Krisa Arzayus, Michael Brewer, Ken Casey, Eric Kihn, Katy Matthews, Sharon Mesick, Jeff Privette, Nancy Ritchey, Mike Tanner and Russell Vose
NCEI is one of the world’s largest archive of historical weather, climate, oceanographic and geophysical information. A key part of being an archive is the ability to make those data relevant and useful to a wide variety of applications. With the launch of NOAA’s new Geostationary (GOES) and DSCOVR satellites, and the soon to-be-launched polar (JPSS) satellite, we will experience an unprecedented growth in satellite data and expansion of the products and services from these satellites to meet the needs of our users.
This presentation will focus on how NCEI adds value to satellite data. We will discuss products such as the Pathfinder Sea Surface Temperature, Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature, sea level data from Jason satellites, and other Reference Environmental Data Records, and the importance of blending in situ and satellite products and services.
NCEI products and services facilitate the application of information, data, and scientific products in the “real world” decision making process. For over 60 years, NCEI and its precursor organizations have been translating environmental science for government, public, and private users.
NCEI environmental products and services are guided by what users need. This use-inspired approach requires attention to what current and future users of environmental information need, how best to translate what is often scientific concepts, and identify the critical information where environmental products and services can be most effectively integrated into existing decision making processes.