Advancing Commercial Weather Data: Collaborative Efforts to Improve Forecasts: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Environment, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, May 20, 2015   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the May 20, 2015 hearing "Advancing Commercial Weather Data: Collaborative Efforts to Improve Forecasts" (use the following URL for Part 2 of this hearing: https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=791114), held before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman Jim Bridenstine: "Today's hearing continues this Subcommittee's focus on how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, uses weather data to enhance their forecasting capability, how and where they get the necessary data, and how these processes can be improved. A main tenant of our now House-passed weather legislation is its recognition of the role commercial weather data can play as a piece of the solution available to NOAA. A previous hearing of this Subcommittee looked into issues with NOAA's satellite programs that could lead to gaps in data. That hearing served to underscore my belief that we need to augment our space-based observing systems by incorporating alternative methods of data collection. Today, we will hear from experts across multiple disciplines to better understand how NOAA currently incorporates external data, as well as what options are available to NOAA outside of traditional sources. For example, NOAA already purchases limited commercial data for various modeling and forecasts. These partnerships can serve as a model as NOAA necessarily evolves to meet its critical mission. Likewise, hosted payloads offer additional flexibility to the agency by providing space on commercial satellites that can host weather instruments and sensors, including proprietary NOAA instruments." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Scott Pace, Scott Sternberg, Nicole Robinson, Bill Gail, and Thomas Bogdan.

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