The Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division has a distinguished history of developing and transitioning satellite products and applications to NOAA operations and services. SMCD scientists have developed most of the satellite products currently produced by the NOAA/NESDIS Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution. They have also been responsible for the calibration of all of NOAA's satellite instruments.
The road map presented in this document will guide the Division's research and development activities over the next 5 years and beyond. The road map is placed in context by discussions of the Division's mission, setting within NOAA/NESDIS, research and development capabilities and highlights of recent research achievements. The road map is driven by expected trends in satellite technology – easy to predict because of long lead times for satellite mission planning – and user requirements – more difficult to forecast because of unforeseen expanding and new requirements.
The road map consists of a number of individual research and development projects designed to help NOAA achieve its long term mission goals in Weather and Water, Climate Variability, and Commerce and Transportation. Each project has its goals, objectives, tasks and associated timelines, and milestones in the form of the building blocks needed to accomplish project goals. The contributions of these projects to the objectives of NOAA's goals are detailed. A group of Overarching and NOAA Goal - specific Performance Targets will permit SMCD managers to monitor progress.
The Division's accomplished scientific staff looks forward to the new challenges and exiting opportunities of the next 5 years and beyond.
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