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-