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US BENEFITS. It Addresses Priorities. The US and Canada have common scientific, economic and strategic interests in arctic observing: marine and air transportation safety, operational weather forecasting, climate monitoring, space weather, and more.

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Us benefits


It addresses priorities

It Addresses Priorities

  • The US and Canada have common scientific, economic and strategic interests in arctic observing: marine and air transportation safety, operational weather forecasting, climate monitoring, space weather, and more.

  • Cooperation on PCW fulfills the intent of bilateral agreements between Canada and US; Current collaborations between US and Canadian scientists on PCW map to focus areas identified in the NOAA – Environment Canada MOU

  • PCW complements GOES-R, JPSS and international constellations under development for GEOSS, and therefore contributes internationally. Would seem a necessary addition to a truly global observing system.

  • NOAA’s Next-Generation Strategic Plan gives top priority to Arctic Science, Space Weather, and Climate Monitoring.

It addresses gaps in observing

It Addresses Gaps in Observing

  • PCW will enable spatially contiguous high latitude observing at a temporal frequency that current polar and geostationary systems cannot deliver; PCW performance can only be weakly emulated by stitching together observations from existing geo and polar constellations.

  • PCW sensors matching GOES-R ABI channels and resolutions enable scientific collaboration and could effectively extend GOES-R algorithms consistently and seamlessly to 90 N -- A significant opportunity to leverage GOES-R investments.

  • Thus, PCW could supply Alaska Region NWS forecast offices with valuable operational observations and derived products unavailable from GOES

  • Addresses gap in high latitude motion vector winds between 60N and 70N (limitation of polar and geostationary orbit geometries), and provides higher quality 15-minute refresh winds from 50N to the pole; impacts on medium range NWP

  • Space Weather

Us benefits


Us benefits

  • I believe it is in US and international interest to see a PCW mission succeed support of US operational agencies is critically important

  • Cooperation on PCW instantiates the intent of bilateral agreements between Canada and US; Current ad hoc collaborations between US and Canadian scientists map closely to focus areas of the NOAA – Environment Canada MOU

How us contributes

How US Contributes

  • U.S. and other international expressions of interest validates PCW mission to Canadian government decision-makers.

  • Can facilitate rapid build-out of PCW capacity for science product and application development, processing, dissemination, and instrument calibration.

    PCW Fills Gaps

  • Unique observations that support NOAA high-latitude operational forecasting and monitoring, and advance NOAA strategic priorities in Climate, Arctic Science & Applications, and Space Weather.

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Enabling agreements

Enabling Agreements

  • NOAA / Environment Canada MOU for Cooperative Activities

    • Steering Committee co-chaired by Mary Kicza and David Grimes

    • Agreed to four themes: Hydrology, Arctic, Climate, Forecast System Design

  • North American Ice Service

    • Collaboration among the Canadian Ice Service, U.S. National Ice Center and International Ice Patrol

  • Canada-US Agreement on Cooperation on Space Activities

    • NASA-CSA leadership

  • Current PCW Collaboration (based on hand-shakes)

    • NESDIS scientists support PCW International Science & Users’ Team

    • EC scientists serve on GOES-R Algorithm Review, JCSDA science steering committee

    • Environment Canada and NESDIS STAR /CIMSS Activities: winds, proxy data sets

    • NESDIS supported JPL trade study showing ABI easily adapted to PCW mission

Session iii focus questions science algorithms applications

Session III: Focus QuestionsScience Algorithms & Applications

Do you have observational requirements and gaps that PCW could uniquely meet?

  • What geophysical observation might be obtained through PCW that would be of special operational or research importance to your agency or mission?

  • To what extent could comparable information be derived using existing and planned polar and geo systems, or derived by other methods, and still meet your needs?

  • Are there high priority high-latitude measurements that cannot be acquired, or acquired as well except through the vantage of an HEO?

  • Are there specific scientific applications, improvements to situational awareness, or forecast benefits that PCW would more effectively enable?

  • Can you conceive of enhanced economic benefits or environmental services that would be enabled by PCW?

  • Can you conceive of a US payload of opportunity that could benefit your organization and mission?

Session iv focus questions data processing and distribution

Session IV: Focus QuestionsData Processing and Distribution

  • Will the proposed Canadian PCW ground architecture and products meet NOAA/US user requirements (from previous session)? If not, where are there gaps?

  • Is there a requirement/desire for processing by NOAA (or other US agency) of:

    • Level 0 ; Level 1a-c image products; Level 2+ derived products

  • How will PCW data and products interface to the NOAA (or other US agency) architecture?

  • What technical capabilities do NOAA or other US agencies have that could augment or complement the proposed Canadian infrastructure to meet US requirements? e.g.,

    • backup reception; science and processing algorithms; product generation, distribution, archive

  • What ground segment coordination and development activities are required to maximize the access and utility of PCW data and products to meet US requirements?

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