The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Science Goals include:
Most important, the JPSS Science goals directly support NOAA’s mission to secure a more ‘Weather-Ready Nation.’ As a result, JPSS Science aligns with the overall focus of the JPSS Program, which is to utilize polar-orbiting satellite data products to feed NOAA's National Weather Service's (NWS) Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models. These NWP models help National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters more accurately predict severe weather phenomena in longer periods of time, thus providing advanced notice and warnings to the public-at-large, emergency makers and political leaders. It is critical that the JPSS Science directly supports the overarching JPSS Program mission, because the ‘science ‘ behind JPSS is implemented in the following ‘JPSS Science Process ‘ steps: (1) Algorithm Development; (2) Operational Usage; (3) Applications and Exploitation; (4 ) Research on Algorithm Enhancements; (5) JPSS User Community and Proving Ground.
The goal of weather prediction is to provide information people and organizations can use to reduce weather-related losses and enhance societal benefits, including protection of life and property, public health and safety, and support of economic prosperity and quality of life. -Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Committee on Progress and Priorities of U.S. Weather Research and Research-to-Operations Activities - 2010
Our Nation’s system of polar-orbiting environmental satellites is vitally important and essential for supporting operational weather, climate research and storm forecasting for civilian, military and international counterpart, such as one of JPSS’s key international partners—The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).
EUMETSAT's main purpose is to deliver weather and climate-related satellite data, images and products— 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.