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2009, Oceanography 22(2):194–207, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.49

Operational Use and Impact of Satellite Remotely Sensed Ocean Surface Vector Winds in the Marine Warning and Forecasting Environment

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Authors

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

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Abstract

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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Chang, P.S., Z. Jelenak, J.M. Sienkiewicz, R. Knabb, M.J. Brennan, D.G. Long, and M. Freeberg. 2009. Operational use and impact of satellite remotely sensed ocean surface vector winds in the marine warning and forecasting environment. Oceanography 22(2):194–207, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.49.

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