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Overview - About The Users Conference

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationís (NOAA) Satellite and Information Service is hosting the 2008 Satellite Direct Readout Conference in Miami, Florida, December 8-12, 2008.

NOAA operates both Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES). The data from the NOAA satellites are available to all countries and users world-wide, and are utilized to support a variety of meteorological, oceanographic, terrestrial, solar, climatic, and other specialized data collection activities and services.

During the next decade, the launch of the GOES-R series of geostationary satellites and the NPOESS and METOP series of polar-orbiting satellites will result in significant changes. The changes brought about by these new satellite systems 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 is a continuing effort to prepare all users for these changes.

Updated: Feb. 2008