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The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationís (NOAA) Satellite and Information Service hosted the 2004 Satellite Direct Readout Conference: 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