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Environmental Satellites

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A network of geostationary and polar satellites provides global coverage of environmental conditions, and continuous updates of climatological variables such as cloud cover, vegetation, and sea surface temperature. In the United States, these satellites are operated by the National Environmental Satellite Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). There are also a number of experimental scientific satellites operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in cooperation with other U.S. agencies, or foreign governments, such as the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM)). The U.S. Department of Defense also operates polar-orbiting spacecraft, known as the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) to satisfy their mission requirements. Plans to merge NOAA's legacy POES, with NASA and DMSP polar satellite programs were recently initiated as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). Resources that provide information on these various systems are listed below:


Jessica M. Tomaszewski, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK wins 2014 MetSat Award (No award winner in 2013)

Latest Launch Schedule (from Spaceflight Now)

NWA Letters of Support: GOES-R Lightning Mapper (March 2004); GOES Microwave Imager (March 2006)
Advanced GEO Sounder (Oct 2007); QuickSCAT (Jan 2008)


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