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Scientists monitor changes in Earth's albedo through long-term environmental data records, provided by instruments on Suomi NPP and future Joint Polar Satellite System satellites.

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Suomi NPP is critical for weather forecasts beyond 48 hours and increase the consistency and accuracy of forecasts three to seven days in advance of a severe weather event, generating dozens of environmental data products, and predicting weather in locations that are not visible to conventional observing systems.
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JPSS satellite data has helped researchers gain a better understanding of the migratory patterns of the bluefin tuna, assisting researchers in understanding the spawning patterns and life cycle, and is used to formulate policies to help prevent overfishing.

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The first low-earth orbiting satellite to conduct remote sensing of Earth, TIROS-1, was launched on April 1, 1960.

JPSS' polar satellites orbit the Earth completely 14 times a day.

The National Weather Service is able to make forecasts 3-7 days in advance of a severe weather event thanks largely to data from polar-orbiting satellites.

Countries around the world use data from JPSS satellites to help develop their forecasts.

The Suomi NPP satellite produces approximately 3.5 terabytes of data per day.

Data from JPSS satellites supports all of NOAA's mission areas, including preparing for a more "Weather-Ready Nation."

JPSS Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) instrument continues a record of more than 30 years of ozone measurements for the U.S.

Every day, the JPSS Proving Ground Program works to prepare users for the technological and operational advances that JPSS satellites will bring.

More than 30 Billion dollar disasters occurred in the U.S. in the last 3 years. Data from NOAA satellites help forecasters identify severe weather in advance to better prepare.

JPSS anticipates that the JPSS-1 satellite will produce approximately 4.5 terabytes of data per day.

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The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is our Nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system. JPSS is a collaborative program between NOAA and its acquisition agent NASA.

The Science Behind JPSS

Information about our planet is vital for the ability to plan, predict, respond and protect our Nation's lives and property. JPSS Science is critical to accomplishing this primary goal.


NOAA View is an interactive tool that allows users to explore NOAA data, including information captured by satellites. Browse, animate, and download high-resolution imagery of the world's oceans, land, atmosphere, cryosphere, and climate.

Meet the JPSS Team

NOAA and NASA work together in a joint JPSS Program Office, which oversees the development of instruments, spacecraft, ground system and science. In addition to NOAA and NASA, JPSS is supported by a large number of contracting companies, academic institutions and research organizations.