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Joint Polar Satellite System

From our global observations to your local weather forecast
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The JPSS Program is committed to ensuring that the JPSS User Community is both prepared to utilize JPSS satellite imagery and that our data is readily available to support both real-time weather operations and long-term research.

community staffJPSS engages our users in all facets of the program to include scientific research via the Proving Ground activities, user requirement reviews, and through operational and research distribution. JPSS also regularly interfaces with its broad user community at scientific conferences and through program outreach efforts.

JPSS provides key products to the primary NOAA User Community, including the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS), which ingest JPSS satellite into numerical weather prediction models.

Other NOAA offices, such as the National Ocean Service (NOS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) utilize the data in real-time to monitor changing sea surface temperatures and coastal hazards. The National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS) monitors volcanic eruptions, wildfires and changing sea ice concentrations in real-time with polar-orbiting satellite data.

JPSS partners such as NASA , the Department of Defense (DOD), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Agriculture and the US Forest Service also use NOAA’s polar-orbiting satellite data. Monitoring the dynamic environment for changes in weather, land use and vegetation, the ocean and coastal communities is of paramount importance. NOAA and JPSS work closely with users like these across all sectors of the government to best meet their product requirements and communicate the new capabilities future satellite systems.

JPSS also supports the international user community by providing weather and oceanic data to our partners overseas. Operational forecasting relies heavily upon NOAA's polar-orbiting satellite data on a global scale and JPSS will continue to foster and promote this relationship into the future.

JPSS data is critical to protecting U.S. lives and property and the program is committed to providing this vital data to help minimize the impacts of weather and environmental hazards.