ing has been set aside for NOAA research offices and cooperative institutes to create simulated GOES-R data sets as proxies for algorithm testing and development by an Algorithm Working Group. These preparations serve two purposes: (1) they reduce the risk of not being ready to use data once GOES-R is launched and fully functional, and (2) they provide industry developing the GOES-R instruments with state-of-the-art software and algorithms to derive products from the data once these begin flowing. Collectively, these efforts should ensure a quick and effective transition to operations.

Finding: The GOES-R Risk Reduction Plan could serve as a model for many elements of NOAA’s preparations for the GPM mission.

Recommendation 5.1: NOAA should consider the GOES-R strategic readiness approach as a model for aspects of its GPM strategic plan.


Recommendation 2.1 emphasizes both intra- and interagency strategic planning. Of the activities recommended earlier in this report, examples of interagency activities include the following:

  • Formalizing and supporting existing coordinating mechanisms between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and NOAA and establishing new mechanisms as needed

  • Implementing an efficient NOAA-NASA interface for data producer and user feedback, quality assessment, operational readiness, and product distribution

  • Assigning and supporting GPM readiness as a priority effort at the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)

  • Developing a strategy for participation in the GPM validation and calibration effort

  • Strengthening partnerships with international agencies (e.g., European Space Agency, Japan Meteorological Agency, World Climate Research Program) and international science working groups (e.g., the International Precipitation Working Group [IPWG])

Examples of recommended intraagency activities include the following:

  • Formalizing a NOAA steering group (as successor to NOAA’s ad hoc working group) to provide internal NOAA communication and coordination, help develop user requirements, set up data management, participate in inter-

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