Polar-orbiting satellite data is the most important type of observations for accurately predicting weather three to ten days in the future. This advanced notice greatly aided our Nation's leaders, decision makers, emergency managers and media to better provide increased warnings to the public-at-large. During the first few days before Sandy landfall in 2012, our state, local and national leaders were able to coordinate with the President and federal government agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to properly warn and evacuate communities in flood-prone areas and coastal zones. Imagine what could have happened to the residents residing in lower Manhattan and Hoboken, New Jersey, if the American public didn't have those five extra days?
JPSS will also extend more than 30+ years of long-standing climate observation records, allowing study of long-term climate trendswhich is increasingly important to the American public and scientific researchers alike in response to increased weather disasters and events. In fact, JPSS will improve and extend climate measurements for 30 different Environmental Data Records of the atmosphere, land, ocean, climate and space environment.
Data and imagery obtained from JPSS will increase timeliness and accuracy of public warnings and forecasts of climate and weather events, thus reducing the potential loss of human life and property. As a result, JPSS will aid in fulfilling NOAA's mission and help advance our Nation's economy.
Moreover, data from the JPSS system will be made freely available and in a timely manner to both domestic and international partners and users by the United States Government, in support of the U.S.' commitment to Global Earth Observing System of System (GEOSS)with more than 88 participating countries and the European Commission.