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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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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

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?