2009, Oceanography 22(2):194–207, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.49
Paul S. Chang | Ocean Surface Winds Science Team, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS)/Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NOAA Science Center, Camp Springs, MD, USA
Zorana Jelenak | Ocean Surface Winds Science Team, NOAA/NESDIS/Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NOAA Science Center, Camp Springs, MD, USA
Joseph M. Sienkiewicz | NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS)/National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)/Ocean Prediction Center, Camp Springs, MD, USA
Richard Knabb | NOAA/NWS/Honolulu Weather Forecast Office, Honolulu, HI, USA
Michael J. Brennan | NOAA/NWS/NCEP/National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL, USA
David G. Long | Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and BYU Center for Remote Sensing, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA
Mark Freeberg | Oceans and Coastal Environmental Sensing (OCENS) Inc., Seattle, WA, USA
In 2002, a National Oceanographic Partnership Program project was initiated with the ambitious objective of maximizing the use of currently and soon-to-be-available satellite ocean surface vector wind (OSVW) data, such as NASA's QuikSCAT scatterometer, in the operational weather forecasting and warning environment. This effort brought together people from the operational forecasting and satellite remote-sensing communities, academia, and the private sector. This diverse gathering of skill and experience yielded documentation of the impacts of these data in the operational short-term warning and forecasting environment of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) National Weather Service, improvement in the use of these data in the public and private sectors, and the transition of promising research results into the operational environment. This project helped create momentum that has continued to grow long after the formal effort ended; today, NOAA uses QuikSCAT operationally and is investigating how to best establish a sustained satellite OSVW observing capability.
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