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The JPSS Program is committed to ensuring that our partners, end users and cohorts are both prepared to utilize new types of satellite imagery and data available from JPSS

CIRA/NOAA press release

The JPSS Program is committed to ensure that the JPSS User Community is both prepared to utilize new types of satellite imagery available from JPSS and that our data will be readily available to support both real-time and research missions. JPSS strives to allow users to take full advantage of JPSS data from Day One.

JPSS engages our users in all facets of the program:

  • From scientific research via the Proving Ground activities;
  • To user requirement reviews; and
  • Through operational and research distribution.

Moreover, JPSS regularly interfaces with its broad user community at scientific conferences and through program outreach efforts. NOAA's polar-orbiting satellites, to include JPSS, are used to primarily support NOAA’s real-time and scientific research missions and goals.

JPSS provides key products to the primary NOAA User Community, including the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS), which requires data at low latency to ensure that weather forecasts and numerical simulations of weather patterns are supported in real time.

Other NOAA offices, such as the National Ocean Service (NOS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) utilize the data in real-time to also 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. Finally, the NOAA climate mission is supported by JPSS, such that we will all have a better understanding of climatic changes globally.

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 utilize 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 important. NOAA and JPSS work closely with users across all sectors of the government to best meet their product requirements and communicate the new capabilities future satellite systems.

Moreover, JPSS 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 US lives and property and is committed to providing this vital data to minimize the impacts of environmental hazards. The ever-evolving satellite system and its architecture will be maintained and updated to best meet the needs of our diverse user community within NOAA and beyond.