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center for satellite applications and research external review

Center for Satellite Applications and Research External Review

Alfred M. Powell, Jr

Director

Mike Kalb

Deputy Director

rules of engagement
Rules of Engagement
  • Review Board Chair
    • Regulates discussion & questions
    • Ensures member’s views are adequately represented
    • Ensures board members receive answers to questions
  • Review Board Members
    • Only board members may ask questions
      • Only the person(s) called upon will answer unless a question is deferred to another individual
  • Guests, Visitors and Observers
      • No questions/responses from guests, visitors, and observers
      • Invited representatives
        • May provide comments to reviewers during lunch or breaks
        • Will provide comments when the reviewers go to deliberate on the last day

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purpose
Purpose
  • To externally review the Center for Satellite Applications and Research (formerly ORA)
    • Using guidelines set by NOAA’s Committee for Monitoring Research
    • Will be performed every four years
  • Using the criteria of:
    • Quality
    • Relevance
    • Performance

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rating criteria
Rating Criteria
  • Quality
    • Assess the quality of the research and development to ensure that high-quality work will be performed.
  • Relevance
    • Assess the degree to which the research and development is relevant to NOAA’s mission, priorities and of value to the Nation
  • Performance
    • Assess the effectiveness of the office’s plans, research and development, given the resources provided, to meet NOAA’s objectives and the needs of the nation.

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quality relevance performance assess and advise
Quality, Relevance &PerformanceAssess and Advise
  • Scientific Quality & Productivity
      • Science Portfolio
      • Accomplishments and Measures
  • External Engagement, Programs, & Functions (who you work with and who wants to work with you)
      • Inter-Agency, Intra-Agency, International, Academia
  • Relevance: Service to NOAA, society & community (Alignment with goals, needs & priorities)
      • Relevance to Commerce, NOAA & NESDIS priorities, operations, missions, objectives
      • Broader Science Community (National & International)
      • National, State and Local Decision Making & Policies and Societal benefit
  • Organization
      • Management, Staffing, Resources
  • Challenges
  • Core Capabilities, Strengths, and Ability to Leverage Between Programs
  • Innovation & Impacts
  • Future Directions (Opportunities)

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strategic questions looking to the future
Strategic Questions Looking to the Future

PLEASE COMMENT ON ANY AREA THE REVIEW TEAM THINKS APPROPRIATE

  • ARE WE DOING OUR BEST SCIENCE, PLANNING AND COLLABORATION?
  • ARE WE VISIONARY ENOUGH? ARE WE REALISTIC ENOUGH?
  • DO WE ARTICULATE A WINNING BUSINESS MODEL?
  • HAVE WE PROPERLY VALUED OUR CORE CAPABILITIES?
  • CAN WE LEVERAGE OUR CORE CAPABILITIES BETTER?
  • WHERE ARE OUR OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONTRIBUTION AND RELEVANCE?
  • WHERE IS OUR POTENTIAL FOR GREATEST CONTRIBUTIONS & GROWTH?
  • ARE WE RESOURCED AND ORGANIZED TO SUCCEED? GROW? LEAD?

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star review introduction

STAR REVIEW INTRODUCTION

Director

Alfred M Powell, Jr

Deputy Director

Mike Kalb

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Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR)

Mission

To accelerate the transfer satellite observations of the land, atmosphere, ocean, and climate from scientific research and development into routine operations,

and offer state-of-the-art data, products, and services to decision-makers.

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satellite constellation
Satellite Constellation

Example International Systems

MSG EuropeINSAT India

METEOSAT JapanFengYunChina

LEO GEO

Jason-2/3 France

CLARREO NASA

DESDnylNASA

SMAP NASA

ICESat-II NASA

COSMIC Taiwan

NOAA Operational

GOES East GOES-RGOES West

DMSPMetop

NOAA JPSS

LEO GEO

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what is unique about star and our environment
What is Unique about STAR and our Environment?

STAR is NOT your typical research office:

  • STAR focuses on applied research with an eye on the future requirements
  • Must judge/ weigh the best science, and participant in the broader science community
  • Must have a Research to Operations Perspective
  • Must have a Project Management Perspective
  • Must develop strong, repeatable software engineering process

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NOAA NESDIS Cooperative Institutes Geographical Locations

C.I. Leads:

U.. Of Wisconsin

U. Of Maryland

Colorado State University

Oregon State University

City College of New York (NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program)

CIOSS

CIOSS

CIRA

*

CIMSS

CIRA-RAMMB

*

*

*

CIMSS-ASPB

CREST

CICS

  • CREST
  • City College of NY
  • City Univ NY
  • Columbia Univ
  • Lehman College

CICS

CICS

U of Maryland

North Carolina State U..

Hampton Univ

Bowie State Univ

U. Of Puerto Rico

Univ. Puerto Rico

NOAA’s university partners support scientific research for satellite applications

nesdis organizational chart
NESDIS Organizational Chart

Mary E. KiczaAssistant Administrator for Satellite & Information Services Charles S. BakerDeputy Assistant Administrator for Satellite & Information Services

Abigail D. HarperDeputy Assistant Administrator, Systems

Katy Vincent(Acting)Chief of Staff

VACANT

NPOESS Program Executive Officer

BECOMING JPSS

W. Stanley WilsonSenior Scientist

Helen WoodSenior Advisor for Systems and Services

Zachary GoldsteinChief Information Officer

Michael Abreu

Chief Financial Officer

Jane D’AguannoCommercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office

D. Brent Smith International & Interagency Affairs Office

Charles S. Baker (Acting) Office of Space Commercialization

Kathy Kelly(Acting) Office of Satellite Data Processing & Distribution

Gary K. DavisOffice of Systems Development

Kathy KellyOffice of Satellite Operations

Al Powell

Center for Satellite Applications and Research

Thomas Karl

National Climatic Data Center

Vacant

JPSS or

NPOESS Integrated Program Office

Margarita Gregg

National Oceanographic Data Center

Christopher Fox

National Geophysical Data Center

Gregory Mandt

GOES-R Program Office

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star organization
STAR ORGANIZATION

Director

Al Powell

Administrative, Budget & Grants Staff (Tina East, Patty Mayo, Susan Devine, Tammie Herrin, Juanita and Trivita Horton)

Deputy Director

Michael Kalb

Senior Scientist

Vacant

Executive Officer

Mike Goldberg

Technical Support

Joe Brust

Senior Data Assimilation Scientist

Sid Boukabara

Cooperative Research

Program Division

Ingrid Guch 19

Satellite Meteorology & Climatology Division

Mitch Goldberg 35

Satellite Oceanography &

Climatology Division

Paul Digiacomo 23

Environ. Monitoring and Climate Branch

Ivan Csizar 12

Regional & Mesoscale

Meteorology Branch

Mark DeMaria 6

Advanced Satellite

Products Branch

Jeff Key 7

Satellite Climate

Studies Branch

Ralph Ferraro 5

Ocean Dynamics &

Data Assimilation

Branch – Laury Miller 9

Cooperative Institute

for Meteorological

Satellite Studies (CIMSS)

Cooperative Institute

For Climate Studies

(CICS)

Cooperative Institute

for Research In the Atmosphere (CIRA)

Satellite Calibration &

Data Assimilation Branch

Fuzhong Weng 12

Marine Ecosystems &

Climate Branch

Celso Barrientos (act) 7

Cooperative Remote

Sensing Science &

Technology Center

(CREST)

Cooperative Institute

for Oceanographic

Satellite Studies

(CIOSS)

Operational Products

Development Branch

Jaime Daniels (acting) 9

Satellite Ocean

Sensors Branch

Sasha Ignatov 6

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where satellite data acquires value
Where Satellite Data Acquires Value
  • OSD plans and acquires systems
  • OSO manages satellite ingest & communications
  • STAR turns satellite data into scientific information
  • OSDPD makes information accessible

STAR: where the transformation of satellite data into useful environmental information occurs

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lubchenco s new vision national oceanic and atmospheric administration
Lubchenco’s New VisionNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Jane Lubchenco

STAR will adapt to the changing priorities

NOAA Mission

To understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment

and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs

  • NOAA’s Priorities
  • Ensure continuity of climate, weather, and ocean observations, both in situ and from space
  • Development of a National Climate Service
  • Improve weather forecasts & disaster warnings
  • Eliminate overfishing and ensure the sustainability of marine fisheries
  • Promote sustainable, resilient, and healthy coastal communities
  • Strengthen Arctic science and stewardship

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2010 annual guidance memorandum
2010 Annual Guidance Memorandum

1. Enhancing NOAA's climate services and working with OSTP and relevant federal

agencies toward the establishment of a National Climate Service, in support of

the nation’s need for sound, scientifically-backed policies and programs to

respond to climate change;

2. Supporting comprehensive marine spatial planning, where NOAA can help the

nation reconcile competing demands on ocean and coastal resources;

3. Ensuring the sustainability of marine fisheries, where NOAA can simultaneously strengthen ocean ecosystems and local economies;

4. Strengthening Arctic science and stewardship, where NOAA can help to improve

our understanding of changing climate and environmental conditions and better

inform policy options and management responses to the unique challenges in the

Arctic region; and

5. Sustaining satellite-based earth observations, where NOAA’s unique observing

systems and partnerships provide irreplaceable, mission-critical environmental

data for the nation and the world.

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how star connects to noaa
How STAR Connects to NOAA

NESDIS StrategicSatellite Plan

(December 2007)

NESDIS Strategic Plan(link to PDF – 1-10-2005)

Leverage unique role as leaders, innovators, and integrators to support NOAA in achieving an integrated Earth observation and data management system.

NOAAStrategic Plan

FY 2009-2014(link to PDF – 12-2008)Understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation’s economic social and environmental needs.

Satellite Flyout Schedule

(December 2007 , web link)

NOAA’s 20-YearResearch Vision

NOAA Research Council20-Year Research Vision(link to PDF – 5-26-2005)

Provide the public with

easy-to-use, integrated products and information services that will vastly improve the way Americans lead their daily lives and the nation manages its natural resources.

STAR Strategic Plan(link to PDF – 1-10-2005)

Provide NOAA with scientific research and development to accelerate the transition of state-of-the-art satellite products, data systems, and services to operations or use by land, atmosphere, ocean, & climate user communities.

JCSDARoadmap

(6-15-2009web & PDF)

STAR Program PlanSTAR Roadmap (link to PDF – 8-2006)

JCSDAStrategic Plan

(FY 2009-2013link to PDF)

NOAA’s 5-YearResearch PlanNOAA Research Council5-Year Research Plan(link to PDF – 1-14-2008)

Support mission goal areasIdentified in NOAA Strategic Plan –Ecosystems, Climate, Weather and Water, and Commerce and Transportation — while underscoring the importance of research that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

STARDivisionRoadmaps(last revised 2006)

SMCDSOCDCoRP

JCSDA Program Plan

STAR Research Project Plans

The 2007 version of these plans is available internally, but a redacted version will be publicly available for the 2010 plans.

JCSDAOperating Plan

(FY 2009-2013link to PDF)

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noaa strategic plan fy 09 14
NOAA Strategic Plan (FY 09-14)

Critical missions, science, and collaboration help prioritize STAR’s efforts

  • NOAA’s 5 mission goals were derived from stakeholder input and internal assessments of our mandates and mission
  • For each mission goal, the Strategic Plan lists the relevant:
    • Performance, Programs, Outcomes & Objectives
  • NOAA’s Next Generation Strategic Plan is expected in early 2010
  • NOAA’s research enterprise works to support requirements needed for each goal to achieve its mission and associated outcomes in NOAA’s Strategic Plan

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noaa research context from noaa s 5 year research plan
NOAA Research Context (from NOAA’s 5-Year Research Plan)

US / IEOS Societal Benefits

Improve Weather Forecasting

Reduce Loss of Life and Property from Disasters

Protect and Monitor Our Ocean Resource

Understand, Assess, Predict, Mitigate, & Adapt to Climate Variability and Change

Support Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry and Combat Land Degradation

Understand the Effect of Environmental Factors on Human Health and Well-Being

Develop the Capacity to Make Ecological Forecasts

Protect and Monitor Water Resources

Monitor and Manage Energy Resources

NOAA Research Questions

STAR’s research reflects NOAA’s research questions, societal benefits and priorities

  • What factors, human and otherwise, influence ecosystem processes and impact our ability to manage marine ecosystems and forecast their future state?
  • What is the current state of biodiversity in the oceans, and what impacts will external forces have on this diversity and how we use our oceans and coasts?
  • What are the causes and consequences of climate variability and change?
  • What improvements to observing systems, analysis approaches, and models will allow us to better analyze and predict the atmosphere, ocean, and hydrological land processes?
  • How are uncertainties in our analyses and predictions best estimated and communicated?
  • How can the accuracy and warning times for severe weather and other high-impact environmental events be increased significantly?

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supporting noaa s goals
Supporting NOAA’s Goals

STAR’s external review presentations are organized by the goal themes and targets associated satellite applications

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the mission support goal from 5 year plan
The Mission Support Goal (from 5 year plan)

Captures core observations and their infrastructure needs for NOAA

Develops ship, aircraft, and satellite systems that ensure continuous observation of critical environmental conditions. Four key areas guide research in:

  • Advancing space-based data collection capabilities and associated platforms and systems
  • Advancing in situ and surface-based data collection capabilities and associated platforms and systems
  • Overall observing systems architecture design
  • Data management, associated visualization technology and models, and related high performance computing and communication

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star s role satellite mission support
STAR’S ROLESatellite Mission Support

Critical missions, science, and collaboration help prioritize STAR’s efforts

  • NESDIS: Operational Satellite Mission
    • POEs, GOES, JPSS (NPOESS), GOES-R, EUMETSAT, DMSP, JASON, etc
  • All NOAA’s Goals: crosscutting mission
  • Interagency Applications: scientific collaboration
    • NASA, NIST, DoD, DoE, EPA, etc.
    • Readiness for the Decadal Survey Missions
  • International Connectivity: programmatic linkages
    • CEOS, GEOS, GEO, GSICS, WMO, etc

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star threads
STAR Threads

STAR threads help us focus on critical areas for improvement

  • Algorithm & Product Development
  • Transition Processes Research to Operations / Applications (R20)
    • Internal NOAA (SPSRB, OSIP, Test Beds, Coast Watch, )
    • External NASA (Transition interface congressionally mandated)
  • Calibration / Validation
  • Monitoring & Analysis
  • Modeling Support and Assimilation
    • Model Validation, Data Assimilation, Data Impacts
  • Integrated Observations, Products and Synthesis
    • Multi-Spectral, Multi Sensor / Platform / in situ / model / blended products
  • External Engagement & Partnerships
    • Cooperative Institutes, Educational Partnership Program, etc.
    • NASA Science teams
    • International collaboration
  • Observing Mission Development & Support
  • Processing System Design & Development
    • Data Integration / Blending / Merging

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changing paradigms
Changing Paradigms

Adapt science achievements to be compatible with program needs in order to maximize STAR’s effectiveness

  • Single Threaded to Multi-Threaded Applications
  • Software Engineering processes
    • Program/project management
    • Same Science approach to software
    • Repeatable processes (CMMI certification)
    • Earned value management
  • Improved management & documentation
    • PDR, CDR, etc
  • Better Research to Operations
    • Transition Scientist program with NASA
    • Satellite Products & Services Review Board

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key program selected examples
Key ProgramSelected Examples

Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation

Existing program (since 2000)

GOES-R Algorithm Working Group

New program (started 2006, funding in 2007)

Satellite Operation Algorithm Readiness

Vetted concept for satisfying the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) capability for NOAA satellites and their data applications

National Calibration Center

New concept (under formulation)

These programs reflect the breadth and scope of STAR’s efforts to improve our capability and change the paradigm

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jcsda science priorities
JCSDA Science Priorities

Radiative Transfer Modeling (CRTM)

Preparation for assimilation of data from new instruments

Clouds and precipitation

Assimilation of land surface observations

Assimilation of ocean surface observations

Atmospheric composition; chemistry and aerosol

Overarching goal:

Help the operational services improve the quality of their prediction products via improved and accelerated use of satellite data & related research

Recently, new interim goals to improve JCSDA’s output by:

(1) emphasizing global model forecast skill and

(2) ensuring JCSDA projects link research to operations

Research activity areas have driven the JCSDA since 2001 and were approved by the Science Steering Committee

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Joint Center for

Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)

Agency Executives

NASA, NOAA, Department of the Navy, and Department of the Air Force

Management Oversight Board

NOAA / NWS / NCEP (Uccellini)

NASA/GSFC/Earth Sciences Division (Einaudi)

NOAA / NESDIS / STAR (Powell)

NOAA / OAR (Atlas)

Department of the Air Force / Air Force Director of Weather (Zettlemoyer)

Department of the Navy / N84 and NRL (Chang, Curry)

JCSDA Executive Team

Director (Riishojgaard)

Deputy Director (Boukabara)

Partner Associate Directors

(Lord, Rienecker, Phoebus, Zapotocny)

JCSDA Management Structure

  • JCSDA improves:
  • Data assimilation & forecast skill
  • Research to operations
  • NOAA & interagency collaboration

Advisory Panel

Science Steering Committee

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goes r algorithm working group awg
GOES-R Algorithm Working Group (AWG)

STAR

Office of Primary Responsibility

ADEB

Algorithm

Development

Executive Board

CHAIR – STAR DIR.

GOES-R AWG

Program Manager - STAR SMCD Chief

Deputy Program Manager - STAR SOCD Chief

TechnicalAdvisory

Committee

GOES-R Risk Reduction

Program Lead - STAR Chief Scientist

Deputy Program Lead –STAR CoRP Chief

Conducts program reviews, leads IV&V, recommends changes and provides direction

GOES-R Ground Segment Project

GOES-R Program Management

GOES-R GS Project Manager

Functional Responsibility

AWG Mgt & Execution - Alg Selection & Program Guidance

Establishes requirements, standards, infrastructure, architecture, integrates software from the product development teams, and prepares deliveries to system prime

Scientific Guidance

Integration

Team

Risk Reduction effort

Risk Reduction effort

(includes exploratory algorithms, processes and improved data utilization)

Selects specialty area algs and provides special guidance in area of expertise

Application Teams

Cooperative Institutes

JCSDA & Others

Development Teams

AWG Program Structure changed the way STAR interacts with satellite programs

Implements alg runoff, code dev, testing, etc.

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satellite operational algorithm readiness soar purpose
Satellite Operational Algorithm Readiness (SOAR) - Purpose
  • Proposed a STAR-led Satellite Operational Algorithm Readiness (SOAR) Program to provide:
    • Cross-cutting and cost effective interoperable multi-sensor and multi-platform algorithms
    • Prelaunch and post launch instrument calibration/validation.
    • User readiness, training and value-added applications.
    • Repeatable mature process for all activities.
    • Transition NOAA, NASA, DOD, USGS, international& academic satelliteresearch to NOAA operations. (Supports NOAA’s Global Earth Observation System of System [GEOSS] concept)
  • To improve the development and transition of satellite derived products to operations by integrating the algorithm development process across satellite programs (domestic and international) and engage the user community throughout the process.

SOAR concept extends the successful GOES-R AWG approach to all satellite programs used by NOAA

proposed soar matrix organizational structure
Proposed SOAR Matrix Organizational Structure

SOAR

Acquistion

Interface

STAR becomes a ‘client’ of the satellite programs

JPSS/NPOESS

Program Manager

NASA Program

Managers

International

Satellite Program

Managers

GOES-R

Program Manager

Interface with program

GOES-R SOAR

Project Scientists

NPOESS SOAR

Project Scientists

NASA SOAR

Project Scientists

International SOAR

Project Scientists

Algorithm Development

Evaluation Board

(Independent Review)

SOAR Program Office

Director

Program Managers

Project Scientists

Algorithm Integration Managers

NCC Manager

User Readiness Manager

National Calibration

Center

(NOAA, NIST, NASA)

Quality Assurance and

Standards Committee

LEGEND

RED = Today’s GOES-R AWG

Algorithm Development and User Readiness Testbed

national calibration center proposal
National Calibration CenterProposal

NESDIS/STAR

Executive Review Board

Science Steering Committee

NATIONAL CALIBRATION CENTER

Director (NOAA)

Agency Associate Directors (NASA, NIST, NOAA, others)

Scientific & Support Staff

Agency Technical Liaisons

International

-WMO/GSICS

-CEOS/GEO

NWP centers, data centers & JCSDA

Operational support (NOAA)

Collaborative R&D, R2O, R2O2R -Participating agencies/labs/ universities

Service-based projects for all satellite applications

Acquisition Programs

User community:

NWP centers, operational & acquisition programs, data centers, climate science community, GEOSS, CEOS, general data users, and others.

The planned NOAA-led NCC will be at a working level to provide support services to our satellite programs

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star partnerships
STAR Partnerships

Government Connections

NASA’s planned Decadal Survey Missions

DoD missions (DMSP & JPSS/NPOESS-next)

International Missions

Leveraging measurements from other nations

Global Precipitation Mission (GPM), OCEANSAT II, etc.

Cooperative Institutes & Partnerships

Achieving research success through our university partners: U of WI, OSU, CSU, UMd, CCNY

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Key Satellite

Research to Operations Transition Efforts

STAR supports opportunities for satellite instrument and algorithm collaboration

OSVW from QuikSCAT – October 14, 2009

  • GPS Radio Occultation
    • Proposed COSMIC partnership follow-on mission
  • Ocean Surface Vector Winds
    • Proposed Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) partnership for dual frequency scatterometer on GCOM missions
    • Letter of intent signed with Indian Space Research Organization for sharing Oceansat-2 data
  • Solar Wind
    • Proposed partnership to refurbish and fly existing DSCOVR satellite and subsequent follow-on mission
    • STAR is negotiating to pickup space environmental algorithm development

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pathways for research to operations r2o
Pathways for Research to Operations (R2O)

The improved R2O process reduced the transition time and increased products

Satellite Products Systems Review Board (SPSRB)

Algorithm Working Group (AWG) Processes

NWS Ops Sat Improvement Program

Testbeds and Proving Grounds

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star facts
STAR FACTS

Taking a brief look at STAR via:

  • Who we are and where we are
  • What we do
  • How we train
  • Our people
  • Our key accomplishments
  • Our resources

STAR is more than numbers; we’re good people doing creative and interesting work

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STAR WORKFORCE

  • It takes a lot of people to make an office run smoothly PLUS…..
  • Trained personnel
  • Highly qualified scientists
  • Competent Managers
  • A Coordinated Program
  • A vision and clear purpose
  • Efficient processes
  • An understanding of what needs to be done
  • A team willing to do what’s needed

Emphasizes scientific & technical services plus the supporting functions

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star facts education profile
STAR FACTSEducation Profile

Civil Servants

Contractor

PhD (48%),

MS (32%),

BS (14%) ,

AS/HS (6%),

PhD (50%),

MS (24%),

BS (15%) ,

AS/HS(6%),

STAR staff’s education level is consistent with mission

  • Ph.D. and M.S. Master’s degreed staff with academic specialties
    • Atmospheric, Oceanic, Geological, Geophysical, Hydrological, Cryospheric, Biophysical, Ecological, Space Environment (new), and technical sub-specialties in computational science and Information Systems
  • Experienced in theoretical & practical aspects of a scientific enterprise
  • Versed in principles & investigative methods common to all sciences
  • Proficient in applying state-of-the-art mathematical, computational, and analytical methods and tools used in their technical specialty

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where we work
Where We Work

Where We Work

Camp Springs, WWB (57,101, 158)

Camp Springs, Airman’s Bldg (2,24, 26)

Silver Spring, SSMC-1 (10,8, 18)

Offsite (0,18,18)

Univ. Maryland (4,5, 9)

Univ. Wisconsin Madison (6,0, 6)

Colorado State University (5,0, 5)

Suitland, Satellite Ops Facility (3, 3, 6)

EROS Data Center (1,0, 1)

Our Workforce

Future Home Of STAR & NCEP

NEW BUILDING:

NATIONAL CENTER FOR WEATHER AND CLIMATE PREDICTION (NCWCP)

Managing a workforce in multiple locations requires excellent managers

KEY = ( GOVT #,Contractor or Visiting Scientist #,TOTAL)

88 Civil Servants (of 101 possible)

27 Visiting Scientists & Postdocs

132 Contractors (132 / 88 =1.50)

247 Total

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STAR WORKFORCE

Age Distribution

Approximately40% of STAR’s workforce retired in the last 5 years

40% of STAR’s workforce MAY RETIRE in the next 5 years

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STAR WORKFORCE

NUMBER OF RECENT HIRES

  • 2005 11 hires
  • 2006 12 hires
  • 2007 8 hires
  • 2008 5 hires
  • 2009 6 hires
  • Total: 42

Turnover of STAR workforce will impact future readiness

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star training
STAR Training

Office Tng

Management

Specialty Functions

IT

Technical

STAR training efforts helped prepare us for today’s mission

Now we need to prepare for tomorrow’s mission

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STAR FACTS

Peer Reviewed Publications

Measure of scientific knowledge gained is reflected in STAR’s publications

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STAR FACTS

RESEARCH TO OPERATIONS

  • PRIOR TO 2006 STAR transitioned 1 to 3 products to operations/year
  • AFTER 2006: product process was modified resulting in more product transitions, reduced costs, improved schedules
  • Typical product develop time ranges from 1 to 3 years (includes research, code development, user engagement, etc)
  • CHALLENGE: Getting operational users to use the products when available

Example Transition times from data availability to NESDIS operations

AIRS: 2-3 mos, IASI: 2-3 mos CRIS: Est 1-3 mos

JASON 2: about 1 month

Improved: satellite transition times, number of products transitioned, algorithm documentation, process & priorities due to Satellite Products & Services Review Board

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STAR FACTS

Awards and Medals

Primarily Department of Commerce Awards

STAR’s personnel receive recognition for their achievements

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Govt FTEs, Contractors & Visiting Scientist (VS)

CONTRACTOR AND VS DATA INCONSISTENT PRIOR TO SCITECH CONTRACT VEHICLE

By invitation: two university scientists spent their sabbaticals with STAR in 2008 (Dr. Ackerman – U of WI and Dr. Green - Desert Research Institute)

STAR manpower stabilized for a few years utilizing contract scientific and visiting scientific staff as the resource pool

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star facts civil servant staffing
STAR FACTSCivil Servant Staffing

Available 1987 FTE positions: 140

YEAR:

STAR workforce planning is essential to maintain a viable science office

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succession planning
Succession Planning

Why?

  • Our workforce needs to be ready and positioned to meet future challenges
    • People, priorities and the satellite constellation are changing

NESDIS Succession Planning Phases

How?

  • Leverage larger NESDIS effort
    • 10yr horizon + multiple growth scenarios
    • NESDIS had 56% increase in scientists for moderate growth
      • STAR @ 62% (or a minimum of 109 scientists) for moderate growth
  • STAR-specific “perspectives” of the scientific workforce (Ex: “Instrument Spectrum”) - Analyze data, adjust strategies

STAR 2009-2019 analysis based on several budget growth scenarios

STAR, working with NESDIS, gathers and analyzes extensive workforce data to make hiring and training decisions as well as determine strategic directions

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STAR FACTS

NESDIS & STAR GRANTS

GRANT DOLLAR VALUE ($M)

NUMBER OF GRANTS

AND… we must now complete MOUs to transfer funds between organizations. They take about 4-5 months to complete.

GRANTS are an essential component of STAR’s scientific role

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sci tech contract march 29 2006 to present
Sci-Tech ContractMarch 29, 2006 to Present

Current Expiration Date: December 28, 2011Original Value: $60,000,000Current Value: $69,999,000

April 2006-March 2007: 70 Active Tasks (2 closed) - $10.5M

April 2007-March 2008: 78 Active Tasks (14 closed) - $20.5M

April 2008-March 2009: 68 Active Tasks* (54 closed) - $30.1M

April 2009–February 2010: 41 Active Tasks* (107 closed) - $45.4M

*consolidated tasks into subtasks

STAR’s science and technology contract has helped to consolidate our scientific services

star the funding process
STARThe Funding Process

President’s Request

Congress

NOAA/NESDIS Budget Office

DOC/OMB

Typical STAR Budget

NESDIS Program Offices

OSD, GOES-R, IPO. PSDI/GSDI,GIMPAP etc

NOAA Budget

STAR Base:

NESDIS Pgms:

NOAA Pgms:

Other:

TOTAL:

$18M

$18M

$ 5M

$ 10M

$ 50M

NOAA Programs

USWRP, Coral, Carbon, Climate, etc

STAR Base Funds

PPBES / Goal Teams

NESDIS Funded Proposals

Other Agencies

DOD, NASA. DOE. etc

“Other NOAA Funds”

STAR

“Externally Funded Proposals”

We are the only NESDIS office where 2/3 of our funds must be competed for.

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the satellite research program research components their purpose
The Satellite Research ProgramResearch Components & Their Purpose

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT READINESS & APPLICATIONS (PDRA) – Enhance the accuracy of current satellite products and develop new satellite products to meet requirements

OCEAN REMOTE SENSING (ORS)– Target the development of ocean related products and their transition to operations

JOINT CENTER FOR SATELLITE DATA ASSIMILATION (JCSDA) – Increase forecast prediction capabilities using advanced satellite assimilation methods

CORAL REEF (CORAL) – Improve coral reef monitoring capabilities

SATELLITE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES (PSDI, GSDI, GIMPAP) - To sustain improvements for operational measurements and products

AIR QUALITY – To work air quality issues and to support air quality products

HURRICANE SUPPLEMENTAL (HUR SUP / HFIP) – Improve hurricane forecasts and related products

OCEAN RESEARCH TO OPS (R2O) (No Longer available) – Transition ocean related products from NASA to NOAA operations (scatterometry, altimetry, ocean color)

GLOBAL WINDS (GLOBAL WINDS) (No Longer available) – To improve and advance technology for obtaining wind profiles

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star funding fy 2009
STAR Funding FY 2009

STAR funding sources are important – only 1/3 comes from our base budget which mostly pays for salaries and benefits of Govt personnel

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star expenditures fy 2009
STAR Expenditures FY 2009

Most of STAR’s scientific work is supported via external activities

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STAR FACTSChallenging Times

Spectral Ch.

n

FTEs decreasing, Number of sensors and complexity Increasing

FTE

IASI (Metop)

8461

2378

FTE/Sensor

AIRS (Aqua)

FTE/Sensor * 10

5.5

10log (Spectral Channels)

3.9

18

3.3

GOES

Sounder

2.6

5

NOAA

AVHRR

FTE/Sensor

n

Sensors

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science research challenges reflect star s unique mission
Science / Research Challenges Reflect STAR’s Unique Mission

Profile of a STAR Scientist

Requires understanding of scientific principles, latest science / technical advances, missions and programs.

Requires collegial participation in broader science community

Ability to recognize tansferrable research, in context of needs of customers

Conceives, plans, executes and delivers into an operational environment, satellite derived products

Requires a Research to Operations and project management perspective

Project Development Considerations

Produce scientific satellite-based datasets, analyses, algorithms, and decision aids

User requirements !!

Feasibility, Readiness, Cost / benefit

Pathway to operations

Secure dollars, staff and infrastructure

Operational constraints: processing, communications, timeliness, latency

Dissemination and 24x7 support

Satisfying multiple constituencies (operations, decision communities, science / research)

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role of star and its partners
Role of STAR and Its Partners

Operational Satellite Programs

POES, GOES, JPSS (NPOESS), EUMETSAT, DMSP, GOES-R

JASON, JAXA GCOM, COSMIC (GPS), MODIS, etc.

NASA

Collaborative work on new satellite science

Cooperative Institutes

NOAA’s academic and research partners

International Missions

Provide opportunities to leverage additional satellite data (EUMETSAT, JAXA, ISRO, etc.)

STAR coordination and collaboration stretches our capabilities

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International Earth Observation Coordination

  • Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
    • Membership consists of 76 countries and the European Commission, over 56 participating organizations and observers
  • U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO)
    • 25 participating U.S. Government Department and Agency members including two White House offices
    • Standing subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
  • Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS)
    • 27 members (Space Agencies), 21 Associates (UN Agencies, Agencies with space programs in conceptual design phase and/or Agencies with supporting ground facilities)
    • CEOS serves as the “space arm” of GEO, implementing high priority GEO actions requiring space-based Earth observation
  • Unifying Principle: Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)
    • Coordinating strategies and observation systems
    • Linking platforms: in situ, aircraft, and satellite networks
    • Identifying gaps in our global capacity
    • Facilitating exchange of data and information
    • Improving decision makers’ abilities to address pressing policy issues

Greater international collaboration is necessary but competes with science role

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planning for future research to operations opportunities
Planning for Future Research to Operations Opportunities

STAR’s future is diverse with more instruments and unique opportunities

  • Operational missions: POES, GOES, JPSS(NPOESS), GOES-R, EUMETSAT, JASON, etc.
  • Future NASA Earth Science Missions:
    • NASA science teams and public workshops for future NASA Earth Science missions
    • Global Precipitation Mission
    • Glory -- Total Solar Irradiance, Aerosol Polarimetry
    • Aquarius – Sea-surface Salinity
    • NRC Decadal Survey
      • SMAP -- Soil Moisture
      • ICESAT 2 – Ice Sheet Climatology
      • DesDynI – Ice Concentration
      • CLARREO – Absolute calibration standard, GPSRO
      • ACE -- Polar-orbiting atmospheric properties and ocean color
      • GeoCAPE – Geostationary Atmospheric Composition & Ocean Color
      • SWOT – Altimetry
  • NOAA/NESDIS provides funds to study future instruments:
    • Example: GeoSTAR (Instrument Incubator Program) - geostationary microwave imager

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star outreach
STAR OUTREACH

University Partnerships

STAR Cooperative Institutes (CIMSS, CIRA, CICS, CIOSS)

NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program (CCNY)

Training

Training Material Development (VISIT and COMET)

Conference and Workshop attendance

NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Laboratory

Outreach is a core component of STAR’s mission and role

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the noaa environmental visualization lab
The NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab

Average 100 products

released to television

media per year

Discovery, PBS, History,NBC, CBS, Weather, etc.

Multiple documentaries

Main content provider tothe Science on a Sphereglobal network of over 45museums and centers.

Provided additional exhibitsupport to 27 othermuseums since 2006

www.nnvl.noaa.gov HD video productions, daily images, and

data resources

NOAA’s 2nd largest YouTube presence

Active engagement in NOAA’s Education Council,

National Science Teacher’sAssociation and AMS

Mentor college interns and NOAA fellows

Attention grabbing education and outreach!

See products at: WWW.NNVL.NOAA.GOV

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NESDIS & STAR Challenges

STAR’s future is diverse with more instruments, algorithms & unique opportunities

  • Increased numbers of research and international satellites and sensors;
    • (1) Multi-Spectral, Multi Sensor, Multi Platform (Satellite, In Situ , Model) capabilities with (2) More sophisticated & NEW product applications WITH integrated, merged and blended products
  • “Climate from Space” – unique challenge
    • (1) Continuity of Observation Record, (2) Long-term reanalysis, (3) Calibration and Inter-calibration among satellites
  • Support international commitments (GEOSS, CEOS, GEO, WMO, etc.)
  • STAR budgets have not keep up with inflation
  • Staff succession planning & next generation skills (Management & science balance)
  • Access to high performance and super-computing resources
  • Long-term Science Maintenance (Life cycle algorithm support)
  • Drive to maximum efficiency
    • (1) Develop Enterprise-wide solutions, (2) Re-use and leverage capabilities, (3) Repeatable, efficient and consistent processes (CMMI Level 3)

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and now the science
And Now the Science….

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Review Organization

  • Describe STAR and it’s research role
  • Focus on the goal theme connections
    • Ecosystems
    • Climate
    • Weather & Water
    • Commerce & Transportation
  • Enterprise Activities
  • Summary