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Joint Polar Satellite System

From our global observations to your local weather forecast
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Direct Broadcast Partners

Direct Broadcast (DB) partners may be part of any of the previously mentioned user groups. Members of this group may utilize JPSS Direct Broadcast data in varied ways. To serve this group, JPSS has established and maintains the direct broadcast receiver specifications for interested organizations. A biennial conference with Direct Broadcast as a major focus functions as a critical forum for this user group to meet and discuss Direct Broadcast issues. Note: This conference was called the Direct Readout Conference and has recently changed its name to the Satellite Users Conference. The current antenna network providing data to NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Prediction and users worldwide includes sites in Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, and Wisconsin which cover all of North America. This network of reliably positioned antennas ensures the delivery of critical data to our NWS. One of the key features of DB is that real-time imagery and selected derived products are delivered much faster to forecasters, thereby accelerating their forecasting capabilities.

Direct Broadcast Partners Map

Antenna Sites
Greenbelt, MD
Honolulu, HI
Madison, WI
Mayaguez, PR
Miami, FL
Monterey, CA

Community Satellite Processing Package

DB data is processed using free open source science software through the Community Satellite Processing Package (CSPP). Once processed through the CSPP, JPSS has no direct control on how Suomi NPP and JPSS data is used. CSPP also provides training in local product applications to DB users of both polar orbiting and geostationary satellite data.

Geographic Information Network of Alaska

The Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA) is a mechanism within the University of Alaska (UA) for sharing data and technical capacity among Alaskan, Arctic, and world communities. GINA receives numerous geospatial data sets, many in real time. Information is then rapidly processed and provided to Alaska WFOs. DB is a vital conduit for the PGRR to demonstrate the value of regional applications, the distribution of very low latency JPSS products to NWS, and evaluate the impact.