Thursday, 13 February 2003
NOAA's Product Processing Plans for the Metop Mission
In November 1998, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) signed a Memorandum of Agreement for participation in the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS). IJPS consists of two independent, but fully coordinated, polar satellite systems. In support of IJPS, NOAA will operate the NOAA-N and -N' satellites, which will be flown in a polar orbit with an afternoon (2:00 P.M.) equatorial crossing time. EUMETSAT will develop the Meteorological Operational (Metop) series of satellites to be flown in a polar orbit with a mid-morning (9:30 A.M.) equatorial crossing time. The mid-morning and afternoon satellites will each carry a set of jointly provided common instruments, plus additional instruments specific to each orbit and operating agency. Through the use of these satellites, NOAA and EUMETSAT will support the generation of products and services for their respective user communities. This paper will focus on NOAA's product processing plans in the IJPS era, including the impacts of changes to the current product suite and the new products to be generated from Metop data, which includes sea surface winds, advanced atmospheric soundings, and higher resolution products from Metop's global 1-km Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) data. This paper will also discuss the requirements process for new IJPS products.