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WEATHER AND CLIMATE MISSIONS
The view from space is helping to predict major storms as well as local weather events such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods and even snow squalls. Current satellites are even helping to monitor dust storms, volcanic eruptions and the spread of forest fires.
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The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series
(GOES-R) is the next generation of geostationary weather satellites, planned for launch in early 2016. The advanced spacecraft and instrument technology used on the GOES-R series will result in more timely and accurate forecasts and warnings.
The Himawari-8 (and its twin, Himawari-9, which is scheduled to launch in 2016) observes weather conditions from geostationary orbit at 140 degrees east longitude. This provides unprecedented precision in monitoring not only clouds and other weather conditions but also volcanic ash and atmospheric aerosols.
Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) was the first of a new generation of satellites that observe many facets of our changing Earth. The Suomi NPP represented a critical first step in building this next-generation satellite system. Suomi NPP orbits the Earth about 14 times each day and observes nearly the entire surface. The NPP satellite continues key data records that are critical for climate change science.
The Cross Track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) will be employed onboard the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). JPSS is the Nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system. JPSS is a collaborative program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its acquisition agent, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This interagency effort (JPSS) is the latest generation of U.S. polar-orbiting, non-geosynchronous environmental satellites.
The Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite-2 (GOSAT-2)
GOSAT-2 will feature a range of highly advanced instruments, including greenhouse gas and cloud/aerosol sensors, which will contribute to the Proactive Diplomatic Strategy for Countering Global Warming announced by the Japanese government at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland.
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