Sensors and Measurements
How well do current NPOESS IORD requirements match NASA research requirements for the EOS PM-2 satellite series? Are there any overlaps with AM-2 or CHEM requirements?
If additional capability is needed for climate monitoring goals, what is this capability and what are technical and programmatic implications?
Are there instruments that could be added to the operational suite, e.g., a scatterometer or SAR? What issues must be addressed in adding capabilities of this kind?
What are the requirements for on-orbit or ready-to-launch replacement instrumentation for research and operational goals? Are there common spares strategies that could serve both research and operational needs satisfactorily?
What issues might arise should NPOESS be tasked to undertake new missions such as long-term climate monitoring?
What are the critical milestones in integrating research and operational space systems? Are any disjoints apparent?
What are possible approaches to establishing program flexibility to ensure that both research and operational missions are achieved in the face of inevitable schedule changes?
Data Continuity and Interoperability
What are the highest priorities for continuous/interoperable research datasets?
What are technical approaches to ensuring data (a) interoperability between research and operational sensors and (b) continuity in the face of evolving sensor technology?
What is the status of data storage, retrieval, and access planning for research use of NOAA operational data or possible NPOESS-obtained climate data?
A report summarizing the findings and recommendations that address technical items (1) and (2) (‘Sensors and Measurements’) and ‘Program Synchronization’) will be the Phase 1 report. Item (3) ‘Data Continuity and Interoperability’ will be addressed in the Phase 2 report.