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Federal Register: JPSS Polar Satellite–Gap Mitigation–Request for Public Comment

A notice of JPSS Polar Satellite–Gap Mitigation–Request for Public Comment (PDF) was published in today’s Federal Register (77 Fed. Reg. 69436-69437):

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

JPSS Polar Satellite–Gap Mitigation–Request for Public Comment

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: NOAA has long been concerned about the potential for a gap in
polar satellite coverage in the afternoon orbit. In addition to reports
from Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office on this
topic, NOAA has also convened an Independent Review Team (IRT) to
review the progress of our satellite programs and identify the
challenges ahead. These reports have all substantiated NOAA’s concerns
regarding the gap.
NOAA is taking positive steps to mitigate the negative impacts to
NOAA’s numerical weather forecasts that could be introduced by a lack
of polar satellite data. To this end, NOAA has commissioned an
investigative study to broadly explore all available options, such as
substitute satellite observations, alternative non-satellite data,
weather modeling, and data assimilation improvements. NOAA is convening
teams of internal and external experts, industry leaders, foreign
partners, and academia to study each of these areas.
As a part of this effort, and to ensure we examine all potential
solutions, NOAA is also seeking comments, suggestions, and innovative
ideas from the public on how to preserve the quality and timeliness of
NOAA’s numerical weather forecasts should we experience a loss of polar
satellite environmental data. Through this web portal, the public can
submit ideas, review submissions from other parties, and make comments
and collaborate on ideas.

DATES: Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on December 19, 2012.

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ADDRESSES: Additional information as well as instructions on how to
submit comments can be found at the following Web site:
www.osd.noaa.gov/JPSSGAP For individuals who do not have access to the
Internet, comments may be submitted in writing to: NOAA Satellite and
Information Service, Advanced Satellite Planning and Technology Office,
c/o Mr. David Hermreck, 1335 East-West Highway–6th Floor, Silver
Spring, Maryland 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David Hermreck, NOAA Satellite and
Information Service, 1335 East-West Highway, 6th Floor, Silver Spring,
Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-9801, david.hermreck@noaa.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proprietary information will not be
accepted. All submitted comments will be available for public
inspection.
The Independent Review Team report can be found at: http://science.house.gov/noaa-nesdis-independent-review-team-report.
The response from the Acting Secretary of Commerce can be found at:

http://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/091812_doc_decision_memo.pdf

The NOAA Administrator’s response to the IRT report can be found
at: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/pdfs/UNSEC%20satellite%20oversight%20decision%20memo%20final%20signed%20(2).p
df.
Information on NOAA’s Weather mission can be found at http://www.weather.gov/about.
Information on NOAA’s satellite programs can be found at: http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/SatInformation.html.

Charles Baker,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services,
National Environmental Satellite Data, and Information Service,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2012-28190 Filed 11-16-12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P

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