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  1. NASA/US Ocean Satellite Missions Eric J. Lindstrom 28 February 2008

  2. OUTLINE NASA operating missions (13, 6 ocean) NASA missions in implementation and formulation to launch 2008-2015 (9, 4 ocean) NASA missions beyond 2015 (11, 5 ocean) Challenges/Assessment - Transitions to Operations

  3. NASA Ocean Missions SeaWiFS SSM/I SARs (variety) AVHRR Metop (OVSW) Color (MERIS)

  4. Missions in Development (launch by 2015) GLORY 2/2009 NPP 9/2009 OCO 12/2008 OSTM 6/2008 AQUARIUS 5/2010 LDCM 7/2011 ICESAT-2 2015 GPM 6/2013, 6/2014 SMAP 2012

  5. NASA Mid-Term Missions (5/15 total)

  6. NASA Far-Term Missions (6/15 total) *Cloud-independent, high temporal resolution, lower accuracy SST to complement, not replace, global operational high-accuracy SST measurement

  7. CHALLENGES AND ASSESSMENTS In some sense ocean measurements from space are “overdue” for transition from research to operations. Summarizing the near future “infrastructure” for ocean remote sensing: Ocean color - transition not secure due to technical problems on NPP/VIIRS instrument Sea Surface Temperature - transition secure with NPP, NPOESS and foreign partners Ocean Vector Winds - transition not secure (Quikscat 9 years on orbit!) Ocean Surface Topography (sea level) - transition nearly made. National need to “seal the deal” with implementation of Jason-3 in FY10. WE HAVE MADE MUCH PROGRESS, BUT WE RISK LOSING CRITICAL CAPABILITIES.