The development of the Agenda is a continuing process. The current agenda is available for viewing at the link below.
The Organizing Committee of the 2015 NOAA Satellite Conference is proud to announce that a panel of distinguished leaders from satellite information user communities are committed to a discussion on "Meeting our Nation's Challenges: Socio-Economic Benefits of Environmental Satellites".
This panel, to be held on Friday, May 1, 2015, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., at the Greenbelt Marriott in Greenbelt, Maryland, will feature users of satellite data, products and services from leading federal and industry representatives. The panel will be moderated by the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research, who will provide a broad view of the critical importance of environmental satellites to our national economy, security, well-being and public safety. Panelists will represent the diverse user community served by the National Weather Service, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security (US Coast Guard), Department of Transportation (Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration), Department of Agriculture and industry.
This panel discussion and question and answer session will address the often asked questions, "Why do we need to invest in expensive environmental satellites, and what is the range of benefits that users get?". It will provide insight into the socio-economics benefits of the environmental satellites as well as the impact of interruptions or gaps in their coverage. The panel discussion will help the conference attendees fully appreciate that many federal agencies depend on timely and uninterrupted NESDIS satellite data and information services in order to fulfill their missions. It will demonstrate the diversity of Federal agency customers and users of environmental satellite data and information services. The Federal Coordinator will also describe interagency cooperation being accomplished through the newly established the Committee on Operational Environmental Satellites (COES) to improve communications and dialogue with key federal users about environmental satellite programs.
The panel will include brief introductory comments by the Office of the Federal Coordinator of Meteorology and each of the panelists, followed by a lively moderated discussion and audience question and comments.