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Blind Eye In The Sky: Weather Satellites Lose Funding

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by Jon Hamilton, NPR, June 17, 2011

Government officials are forecasting a turbulent future for the nation’s weather satellite program. Federal budget cuts are threatening to leave the U.S. without some critical satellites, the officials say, and that could mean less accurate warnings about events like tornadoes and blizzards. In particular, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are concerned about satellites that orbit over the earth’s poles rather than remaining over a fixed spot along the equator. These satellites are “the backbone” of any forecast beyond a couple of days, says Kathryn Sullivan, assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction, and NOAA’s deputy administrator. It was data from polar satellites that alerted forecasters to the risk of tornadoes in Alabama and Mississippi back in April, Sullivan says. “With the polar satellites currently in place we were able to give those communities five days’ heads up,” she says. …

For full text of the article, visit Blind Eye In The Sky: Weather Satellites Lose Funding : NPR.

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House Hearing on Earth Observation Satellites

Setting New Courses for Polar Weather Satellites and Earth Observations

Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee – Hearing

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2318 Rayburn House Office Building (WEBCAST)

Witnesses:

  • Hon. Shere Abbott, Associate Director, Energy and Environment Division, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Ms. Mary Glackin, Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Mr. Christopher Scolese, Associate Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Mr. Gil Klinger, Director, Space and Intelligence Office, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Department of Defense
  • Mr. David Powner, Director, Information Technology Management Issues, Government Accountability Office
    GAO Report on Earth Satellites, April 2010

GAO Report on National Strategy for Earth Observation

Environmental Satellites: Strategy Needed to Sustain Critical Climate and Space Weather Measurements

GAO-10-456 April 27, 2010

Environmental satellites provide data on the earth and its space environment that are used for forecasting the weather, measuring variations in climate over time, and predicting space weather. In planning for the next generation of these satellites, federal agencies originally sought to fulfill weather, climate, and space weather requirements. However, in 2006, federal agencies restructured two key satellite acquisitions, the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series (GOES-R). This involved removing key climate and space weather instruments. GAO was asked to (1) assess plans for restoring the capabilities that were removed from the two key satellite acquisitions, (2) evaluate federal efforts to establish a strategy for the long-term provision of satellite-provided climate data, and (3) evaluate federal efforts to establish a strategy for the longterm provision of satellite-provided space weather data. To do so, GAO analyzed agency plans and reports. …

For full text of article, visit the GAO website here.

OSTP FY 2011 Budget Briefing

Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) FY 2011 Budget Briefing

Date: February 1, 2010,  Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm, AAAS Auditorium

Speakers:

  • John P. Holdren – Director and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
  • Aneesh Chopra – Chief Technology Officer and Associate
  • Director, Technology Shere Abbott – OSTP Associate Director, Energy & Environment
  • Arden Bement – NSF Director
  • Jane Lubchenco – NOAA Administrator
  • Lori Garver – NASA Deputy Administrator

Briefing Memos can be found at: http://www.ostp.gov/cs/rd_budgets/fy_2009_budget/2011_budget

OMB President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2011: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/

Agency FY 2011 Budget Briefing Schedule

The schedule of other agency FY 2011 budget briefings can be found at http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/fy2011/

Stay on top of the FY 2011 budget process with Twitter updates from the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program: http://twitter.com/AAAS_RDBudget

Highlights:

  • “The Obama Administration’s FY2011 Budget calls for $66 billion investment in nondefense research and development (R&D) – an increase of $3.7 billion or 5.9 percent above the FY2010 enacted level – reflecting the Administration’s firm belief that investment in science, technology, and innovation is the key to building the American Economy of the future.”
  • “The President’s Budget maintains, as promised, a path to double the budgets of three key science agencies – the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratories – by providing them a combined $13.3 billion, an increase of $824 million or 6.6 percent above the 2010 enacted total;”
  • “The Presiden’ts Budget provides almost $1 billion t the R&D budget of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration – a substantial increase over 2010 – and also calls for $2.6 billion – an increase of $439 million or 21 percent – to multi-agency U.S. Global change Research Program (USGCRP), affirming the Administration’s commitment to understanding the risks posed by climate change and developing appropriate strategices to mitigate and adapt to those risks.”
  • “The President’s Budget provides $679 million for the Interior Department’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).”

 

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