The NRC report Satellite Observations of the Earth’s Environment: Accelerating the Transition from Research to Operations was discussed by Richard Anthes, chair of the NRC Committee on NASA-NOAA Transition from Research to Operations (CONNTRO) and president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

JUNE 17-19, 2003

The committee held its second meeting on June 17-19, 2003, at the Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. It heard from David Williams, head of Strategic Planning and International Relations, European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites; Hans-Peter Roesli, Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSvizzera); Tony Hollingsworth, head of Research, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. A presentation on “Future Computing Capabilities” was given by Gurindar Sohi, University of Wisconsin. The committee also heard from Paul Menzel, chief scientist, Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS/NOAA; Gregory W. Withee, associate administrator for Satellite and Information Services, NOAA; Michael Mussetto, NPOESS Shared System Performance Responsibilities project scientist; Jeffrey Tu, NPOESS system architecture lead; and Gary Route, NPOESS Interface Data Processing Segment chief engineer. “Private Sector Data Use” was presented by Robert “Buzz” Bernstein, chief technology officer, SeaSpace, Inc.

SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2003

The committee held its third meeting on September 9-11, 2003, at the Keck Center of the National Academies, Washington, D.C. It heard from NOAA/NESDIS staff: on “NPOESS Data Exploitation” from James Silva, manager, NPOESS Data Exploitation Project and NPOESS implementation manager, Office of Systems Development; and from Mitch Goldberg, chief, Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division, Office of Research and Applications; John J. Bates, chief, Remote Sensing Applications Division, National Climatic Data Center; and Richard G. Reynolds, chief, Ground Systems Division, Office of Systems Development, NOAA/NESDIS (also attending the session were Stephen Mango, Integrated Program Office (IPO); Stanley Schneider, IPO/NASA; Geoffrey Goodrum, NOAA/NESDIS; and Stanley Cutler, NOAA consultant/Mitretek); and on the “Comprehensive Large-Array Data Stewardship System” from Richard G. Reynolds, chief, Ground Systems Division, Office of Systems Development.

A presentation titled “Improved Utilization of Remotely Sensed Data” was given by John Townshend, chair, Geology Department, University of Maryland, College

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