research or operations, but rather to develop and test new real-time modeling and data-assimilation systems to use the new observations. The test beds should include participation by the academic research community and should be quasi-independent from the operational agencies.

4.3

Senior personnel responsible for transition activities should be located at major operational centers of NOAA and at the major research segments of NASA.

In summary, to cross the valleys of death and lost opportunities successfully, a means of bringing NASA and NOAA together—as partners—to design and navigate the transition pathways between research and operations must be created. The Interagency Transition Office plan has the necessary underpinnings to span these valleys and facilitate smooth transitions from research to operations and then to end users.



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