14th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography


Satellite Strategies for Earth Observations

Gregory Withee, NOAA/NESDIS, Silver Spring, MD

This talk will provide an overview and update on the international and national efforts to develop an integrated Earth observation system of systems focusing on the role of satellites. The talk will also highlight the importance of research to operations and satellites observation priorities for the next decade. Topics to be addressed include:

The Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) now includes 58 countries and 43 international organizations. A 10-year implementation plan for the development of a Global Earth Observation System of Systems has been developed and a detailed work plan is under development.

The U.S. Interagency Working Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) has developed a strategic plan for the development of a U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System and is in the process of developing integrated plans for the six near-term opportunities identified in the strategic plan.

The National Research Council is nearing completion of a 10-year survey of Earth science and applications from space. The guiding principle for the study is to set an agenda for observations in support of Earth science and applications from space in which attaining practical benefits for humankind plays a role equal to that of acquiring new knowledge about Earth. The key tasks in the charge to the Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space are to: 1) Develop a consensus on the top-level scientific questions that should provide the focus for Earth and environmental observations in the period 2005-2015 and 2) Develop a prioritized list of recommended space programs, missions, and supporting activities to address these questions.


Session 1, Retrievals and Cloud Products: Part I
Monday, 30 January 2006, 10:45 AM-12:00 PM, A305

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