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IPO operational algorithm teams throughout the life cycle of NPOESS environmental satellites
Author(s): James L. Duda; Pamela G. Emch
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Paper Abstract

The tri-agency Integrated Program Office (IPO) created Operational Algorithm Teams (OATs) in 1997 to provide scientific advice for managing the development and operation of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). The scientific advice focuses on (1) assuring sound science in instrument and systems design in addition to (2) assuring development and implementation of sound scientific algorithms. This paper outlines the role of IPO operational algorithm teams from mission conception, through instrument design and development, algorithm science code development and conversion to operational code, data processing system implementation, calibration, validation, and, finally, operational data and products distribution to a range of users for weather, national security, and climate science. The composition of the algorithm science teams changes substantially as the sensors and algorithms are developed, tested, integrated, launched, become operational, and age on-orbit. The concept of leveraging our heritage scientists has proven successful with many tangible benefits to the government, the contractor teams, and, ultimately, the nation's taxpayers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2004
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5549, Weather and Environmental Satellites, (15 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.559741
Show Author Affiliations
James L. Duda, NPOESS Integrated Program Office, NOAA (United States)
Pamela G. Emch, Northrop Grumman Space Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5549:
Weather and Environmental Satellites
Thomas H. Vonder Haar; Hung-Lung Allen Huang, Editor(s)

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