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Joint Polar Satellite System

From our global observations to your local weather forecast
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NOAA Operational Users

NOAA BrandNOAA Operational Users define their mission requirements, which are converted into formal JPSS requirements. NOAA Line Offices manage their organization's’ requirements through the Consolidated Operational Requirements List (CORL). They work together to ensure a consolidated set of requirements are defined and documented for each of the NOAA Satellite Programs, including JPSS. These Line Offices include the National Weather Service (NWS), which ingest JPSS satellite into numerical weather prediction models. Other Operational Users, 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.

National Weather Service

The mission of the United States National Weather Service is to provide weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.

National Centers for Environmental Prediction

The United States National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) delivers national and global weather, water, climate and space weather guidance, forecasts, warnings and analyses to its Partners and External User Communities. These products and services are based on a service-science legacy and respond to user needs to protect life and property, enhance that nation's economy and support the nation's growing need for environmental information. The centers, which form part of the National Weather Service, include the:

  1. Aviation Weather Center provides aviation warnings and forecasts of hazardous flight conditions at all levels within domestic and international air space.
  2. Climate Prediction Center monitors and forecasts short-term climate fluctuations and provides information on the effects climate patterns can have on the nation.
  3. Environmental Modeling Center develops and improves numerical weather, climate, hydrological and ocean prediction through a broad program in partnership with the research community.
  4. National Hurricane Center provides forecasts of the movement and strength of tropical weather systems and issues watches and warnings for the U.S. and surrounding areas.
  5. NCEP Central Operations sustains and executes the operational suite of numerical analyses and forecast models and prepares NCEP products for dissemination.
  6. Ocean Prediction Center issues weather warnings and forecasts out to five days for the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans north of 30 degrees North.
  7. Space Weather Prediction Center provides space weather alerts and warnings for disturbances that can affect people and equipment working in space and on earth.
  8. Storm Prediction Center provides tornado and severe weather watches for the contiguous United States along with a suite of hazardous weather forecasts.
  9. Weather Prediction Center provides nationwide analysis and forecast guidance products out through seven days.

National Satellite and Information Service

The National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS) is dedicated to providing timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect and enhance the Nation's economy, security, environment and quality of life. To fulfill its responsibilities, NESDIS—informally known as the NOAA Satellite and Information Service—acquires and manages the Nation's operational environmental satellites, operates the NOAA National Data Centers, provides data and information services including Earth system monitoring, performs official assessments of the environment, and conducts related research.

National Marine Fisheries Service

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. NMFS provides vital services for the nation which include, productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems—all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management.

National Ocean Service

The mission of the National Ocean Service (NOS) is to provide science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships to address evolving economic, environmental, and social pressures on our ocean and coasts.

Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) conducts research to understand and predict the Earth system; develop technology to improve NOAA science, service and stewardship; and transition the results so they are useful to society.