OVERVIEW - ABOUT THE USERS CONFERENCE
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationís (NOAA) Satellite
and Information Service hosted the 2004 Satellite Direct Readout
A Decade In Transition, in Miami, Florida, December 6-10, 2004.
NOAA operates both the Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites
(POES) and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES).
The data from the NOAA satellites are available to all countries and users
world-wide, and is utilized to support a variety of meteorological,
oceanographic, terrestrial, solar, climatic, and other specialized data
collection activities and services.
During the next decade, the transitioning into new technologies for
environmental satellite systems will result in significant changes.
These will affect all
current and future users of environmental satellites, particularly
those who receive data directly from the satellites. In time, all users
will need to
modify or replace current receiving equipment and basic processing
software as the next generations of satellites begin operation. The
purpose of this
Direct Readout Conference was a continuing effort to prepare all users
for these changes.
Updated: Feb. 2005