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Research Partners

JPSS fosters a collaborative approach to research. Working with a variety of partners across disciplines and around the world has enabled JPSS to leverage their remote sensing and scientific research by combining skills, and aligning research and development capabilities.

Research partners assist in making JPSS data more useful to the user community through sensor calibration and validation, development of training material, and integration of new or improved satellite capabilities into operations. This research takes place within the Proving Ground and Risk Reduction (PGRR) which provides a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for research collaboration with a broad community of partners and collaborators. Although research partners do not provide direct input into Suomi NPP or JPSS program requirements, their insight is very useful in refining and clarifying user requirements.

Below is a map, along with the profiles of our current research partners


Research Partners Map


Earth System Research Laboratory

The mission of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) is to observe, understand, and predict the earth system through research that advances NOAA's environmental information and service from minutes to millennia on global-to-local scales.



Air Resources Laboratory

The Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) is a research laboratory within NOAA. ARL is headquartered at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland and has divisions in Idaho, Nevada, and Tennessee. Its mission is to provide atmospheric information and data to decision-makers and the science community in order to improve the Nation’s ability to protect human and ecosystem health. ARL conducts research and development in the fields of atmospheric dispersion, air quality, climate change, and boundary layer science.



Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center

The Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) project focuses on the transition of unique NOAA and NASA satellite observations and modeling capabilities to support short-term, regional weather forecasting. The goal of this activity is to help forecasters better understand the environment, improve short-term weather forecasts, and enhance situational awareness on a regional and local scale. SPoRT is located at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Earth Science Office (ESO) at the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC), in Huntsville, Alabama.



United States Research Laboratory

The United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is the corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps and conducts a broad program of scientific research, technology and advanced development. NRL has served the Navy and the nation for 90 years and continues to meet the complex technological challenges of today's world.



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. Direct Broadcast 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.