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Polar Weather Satellites: NOAA Needs to Prepare for Near-Term Data Gaps
David A. Powner (au)
The Nat. Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin. (NOAA) established the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program in 2010 to replace aging polar satellites and provide critical environmental data used in forecasting weather and measuring variations in climate. However, GAO and NOAA have previously reported that a gap in satellite data between the current satellite and the next one is likely. Given the criticality of satellite data to weather forecasting, the likelihood of a significant satellite data gap, and the potential impact of a gap on the health and safety of the U.S. population and economy, GAO added this issue to its High Risk List in 2013. This report (1) evaluates NOAA's progress on the JPSS satellite program with respect to cost, schedule, and mitigation of key risks; (2) identifies the benefits and challenges of alternatives for polar satellite gap mitigation; and (3) assesses NOAA's efforts to establish and implement a comprehensive contingency plan for potential gaps in polar satellite data. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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