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SMC shield8. Impact on Society and NOAA Goals

SMCD, through the satellite-based products and data sets it develops and generates, and its science, contributes to most of NOAA's strategic goals. This section summarizes how SMCD helps NOAA meet many of the objectives under these goals. The column labeled Role of SMCD Science/Technology in Meeting Objective includes a generic one sentence description of the SMCD contribution followed by a list of the SMCD projects, along with their numbers as listed in chapter 4, contributing to the Objective.

Goal:
Understand Climate Variability and Change to Enhance Society's Ability to Plan and Respond


Goal Objective Role of SMCD Science/Technology in Meeting Objective
Describe and understand the state of the climate system through integrated observations, analysis, and data stewardship Develop satellite-based products and generate long-term data sets of climate system variables

  • (1) Active Remote Sensors
  • (2) Aerosol Remote Sensing from Operational Satellites
  • (6) GOES Surface Ultraviolet Radiation
  • (7) Instrument Calibration
  • (8) Ozone
  • (10) Radiance Products and Atmospheric Soundings from Advanced Infrared and Microwave Sensors for Weather and Climate Applications
  • (12) Snow Cover
  • (15) Earth Radiation Budget
Improve climate predictive capability from weeks to decades, with an increased range of applicability for management and policy decisions Develop products needed for initialization and boundary conditions of climate prediction models.
  • (12) Snow Cover
  • (13) Vegetation
Reduce uncertainty in climate projections through timely information on the forcing and feedbacks contributing to changes in the Earth's climate Develop algorithms and generate long-term satellite-based data sets of climate forcing and feedback variables such as aerosols, carbon dioxide, ozone, clouds, and surface snow and ice cover
  • (2) Aerosol Remote Sensing from Operational Satellites
  • (8) Ozone
  • (12) Snow Cover
  • (13) Vegetation
  • (15) Earth Radiation Budget
Increase number and use of climate products and services to enhance public and private sector decision-making Generate key data sets for decision making, e.g., ozone depletion and the Antarctic ozone hole, and the expected recovery of the ozone layer as a result of the phase-out of CFCs, and atmospheric temperature, for monitoring global climate change
  • (8) Ozone

Goal:
Serve Society's Needs for Weather and Water Information


Goal Objective Role of SMCD Science/Technology in Meeting Objective
Increase lead time and accuracy for weather and water warnings and forecasts Over 90% of the data now used in numerical weather prediction models comes from satellite observations. SMCD is constantly improving current products and developing new ones for assimilation into the models
  • (1) Active Remote Sensors
  • (5) Community Radiative Transfer Model
  • (7) Instrument Calibration
  • (8) Ozone
  • (9) Precipitation and Floods
  • (10) Radiance Products and Atmospheric Soundings from Advanced Infrared and Microwave Sensors for Weather and Climate Applications
  • (11) Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)
  • (12) Snow Cover
  • (13) Vegetation
  • (14) Winds
  • (16) GOES Sounder Products
  • (17) POES Sounder Products
Improve predictability of the onset, duration, and impact of hazardous and severe weather and water events Develop satellite-based heavy precipitation estimates for flash flood warnings, and air quality products
  • (2) Aerosol Remote Sensing from Operational Satellites
  • (3) Air Quality Applications of Satellite Data
  • (6) GOES Surface Ultraviolet Radiation
  • (8) Ozone
  • (9) Precipitation and Floods
Increase application and accessibility of weather and water information as the foundation for creating and leveraging public (i.e., Federal, state, local, tribal), private and academic partnerships. SMCD was instrumental in the establishment of the NOAA-NASA-DoD Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) and is now a major science contributor
  • (11) Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)
Increase development, application, and transition of advanced science and technology to operations and services SMCD is streamlining transition of its algorithms and science to NESDIS Satellite Data Processing and, through the JCSDA, to the NWS forecast models
  • (11) Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)
  • (16) GOES Sounder Products
  • (17) POES Sounder Products

Goal:
Support the Nation's Commerce with Information for Safe, Efficient, and Environmentally Sound Transportation


Goal Objective Role of SMCD Science/Technology in Meeting Objective
Reduce weather-related transportation crashes and delays SMCD is developing satellite based aircraft icing, fog/low visibility and volcanic ash products to increase air transportation safety
  • (4) Aviation Hazards

Goal:
Provide Critical Support for NOAA's Mission


Goal Objective Role of SMCD Science/Technology in Meeting Objective
Increase quantity, quality, and accuracy of satellite data that are processed and distributed within targeted time SMCD's major responsibility is improving the quantity, quality, and accuracy of satellite data and information products
  • (1) Active Remote Sensors
  • (2) Aerosol Remote Sensing from Operational Satellites
  • (3) Air Quality Applications of Satellite Data
  • (4) Aviation Hazards
  • (5) Community Radiative Transfer Model
  • (6) GOES Surface Ultraviolet Radiation
  • (7) Instrument Calibration
  • (8) Ozone
  • (9) Precipitation and Floods
  • (10) Radiance Products and Atmospheric Soundings from Advanced Infrared and Microwave Sensors for Weather and Climate Applications
  • (11) Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)
  • (12) Snow Cover
  • (13) Vegetation
  • (14) Winds
  • (15) Earth Radiation Budget
  • (16) GOES Sounder Products
  • (17) POES Sounder Products

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