3rd Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications to the Environmental Science
12th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography


Utilizing the Web to enhance availability and utilization of Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) Data and Products

Diane Holmes, Mitretek Systems, Inc., Falls Church, VA; and S. L. Bunin and T. Schott

The overall mission objectives of the Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) system is to provide continuous daily global observations of weather patterns and environmental measurements of the Earth's atmosphere, its surface and cloud cover, and the proton and electron flux at satellite altitude. To fulfill these mission objectives, the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has operated the current POES system since 1978, with a two satellite constellation in circular, near-polar, sun synchronous morning and afternoon orbits. Data, and the resulting products, are archived and made available to the user community. NESDIS currently offers a wide variety of web-based tools to enhance access and utilization of data and products. In addition, NESDIS is continually looking for new technology and other enhancements that will improve access and use of POES data and products.

NESDIS provides the user community a variety of opportunities to obtain POES data and products. Some users have real-time access to operational data via specialized user accounts. Data and products are also available through CD and paper media for some customized requests as well as less technologically advanced Users. However, a large user community accesses POES data and products via the Web. NESDIS hosts numerous websites, which provide operational and experimental products in various formats. In addition, NESDIS provides a variety of tools which help users better utilize the data and products through its web sites, which provide education on satellite basics, product/satellite-specific data, and the ability to generate user-unique products. To ensure that NESDIS can continue to meet the growing demands of the user community, new technologies and methodologies are being explored which may improve access to and utility of POES data and products. This paper will provide an overview of current NESDIS web capabilities and briefly address potential future enhancements.

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Joint Poster Session 1, Operational Applications and Artificial Intelligence (Joint between 12th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography and Third Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications to Environmental Science)
Monday, 10 February 2003, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

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