IIAD Says Goodbye to Jacob Sutherlun
February 2014: Jacob Sutherlun, International Relations Specialist in IIAD, recently accepted a position in the private sector in his home state of Texas. We are very appreciative of his work ably representing NOAA and the United States Government in many international fora over the past four and a half years, including the Group on Earth Observations, the International Astronautical Federation (which recognzied Jacob as a Young Space Leader in 2013, pictured here on the left), the Space Conference of the Americas, and the African Water Cycle Coordination Initiative. Jacob also led the Working Group on Capacity Building and Data Democracy (WGCapD) in the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, advancing the cause of capacity development around the world. We wish him well in his new endeavors. Check the Office Organization page soon for information on who has taken over his portfolio areas.
International and Interagency Affairs Division Publishes Second Issue of its Twice-Yearly Newsletter
November 2013: The NOAA Satellite and Information Service International and Interagency Affairs Division has published the second issue of its newsletter, The Downlink. The Downlink provides our international and interagency colleagues with short updates on all of our current and future satellite programs, and also current information on our budget cycle. Published twice per year, The Downlink also includes a feature article on exciting NESDIS developments and beautiful examples of our satellite imagery and derived products. Download The Downlink, Issue 2 here!
The 27th CEOS Plenary
November 2013: The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the focal point for international coordination of space-related Earth Observation (EO) activities, just concluded its 27th Plenary meeting. Over 90 attendees representing many of the 54 CEOS Member and Associate Agencies participated in the Plenary, hosted by the Canadian Space Agency, and NOAA was represented by our NESDIS Assistant Administrator, Mary Kicza. Key outcomes included: the adoption of four internal documents that codify CEOS governance, processes, and strategic guidance; the endorsement of a new Working Group on Disasters and a Joint CEOS and Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) Working Group on Climate, led by NOAA's John Bates; and agreement on the Montreal Statement, which highlights how CEOS Agencies have agreed to continue and enhance cooperation to respond effectively to Earth Observation users' needs. Jacob Sutherlun, IIAD, also became Chair of the Working Group on Capacity Building and Data Democracy. More information on CEOS and its work to optimize the benefits of EO through international cooperation is available on the CEOS website.
NOAA and the European Space Agency Collaborate with CryoSat Data
October 31, 2013: NOAA and the European Space Agency (ESA) completed an exchange of letters to facilitate continued collaboration on ESA's CryoSat mission. ESA has made data from CryoSat, a remarkable satellite designed to study ice, available to the world on a free, full, and open basis. Thanks to this data policy and the efforts of scientists from ESA and NOAA's Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), NOAA created CryoSat ocean products that are now employed by ocean modeling and forecast centers worldwide, including NOAA's National Weather Service, to enhance near real-time marine and hurricane forecasts. This is a great example of the benefits of international partnerships and open data policies, and this new arrangement will allow our collaboration with ESA to continue and grow.
Major Report Published on the History and Benefits of NOAA-EUMETSAT Cooperation
September 18, 2013: Chuck Wooldridge, IIAD Deputy Director, joined top representatives from the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) to participate in an event unveiling a detailed report by ESPI's Arne Lahcen on the tremendous benefits and long history of NOAA and EUMETSAT cooperation in geostationary, polar-orbiting, and ocean altimetry satellites. The report concludes with a cost-benefit impact assessment, and states that the partnership "has enabled their user communities to benefit from more data products, increased accuracy and a better timeliness and robustness of the observing systems, all at a lower cost." The full report is available for download here.