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PUBLISHERS' ADDRESSES ments from NASA's SeaWinds instrument on the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Quikscat satellite become available in February—in- Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service. formation that can improve weather forecasting around "SeaWinds data will be used operationally by marine the world. forecasters and for numerical weather prediction mod- Access to daily wind data and animations from the els. These data promise to yield significant improve- ocean-wind tracker, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion ments in short-term warnings and forecasts and in Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California, is available on medium- to long-range forecasts." the World Wide Web at http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/ The orbiting SeaWinds radar instrument is managed quikscat and at http://haifung.jpl.nasa.gov. for NASA's Office of Earth Science, Washington, "We're opening the tap on this global data to the D.C., by JPL, which also oversaw development of the world," said Michael Freilich, principal investigator SeaWinds radar instrument and is providing ground on SeaWinds and a professor at Oregon State Univer- science-processing systems. NASA's Goddard Space sity, Corvallis. The measurements and data products Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, managed devel- show developing weather systems with unprecedented opment of the satellite, designed and built by Ball detail. Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, Boulder, "SeaWinds measurements of the direction and Colorado. NOAA is contributing to ground system strength of the winds at the ocean surface give us new processing and distributing SeaWinds data in near-real knowledge that, in combination with satellite measure- time to the international operational weather forecast- ments of clouds, temperature, and other data, can be ing community. NASA and NOAA are working to- used for understanding how different weather systems gether to transition these critical wind measurements and storms develop and for predicting weather over from research to operational missions to improve the accuracy of current weather forecasts and to extend the entire globe." The measurements also are crucial forecast projections from three to five days. for understanding ocean currents, climate patterns, and the cyclical and anomalous variations that occur in NASA's Earth Science Enterprise is a long-term those patterns, Freilich said. research and technology program designed to exam- The heart of SeaWinds is a specially designed ine earth's land, oceans, atmosphere, ice, and life as a spaceborne radar instrument called a scatterometer. total integrated system. More information about the The radar operates at a microwave frequency that pen- Office of Earth Sciences can be found on the World etrates clouds. This, coupled with the satellite's polar Wide Web at http://www.earth.nasa.gov. orbit, makes the wind systems over the entire world's National Science Board Recommends $1 oceans visible to SeaWinds on a daily basis. The mea- Billion Increase in Environmental Research surements provide detailed information about ocean Spending winds, waves, currents, polar ice features, and other phenomena, for the benefit of meteorologists, clima- The National Science Board (NSB) has adopted a tologists, oceanographers, and mariners. report recommending that the National Science Foun- SeaWinds was launched 19 June 1999, and engi- dation (NSF) spend an additional $1 billion over the neers and scientists have successfully calibrated the next five years to increase its support for environmen- satellite and verified the accuracy of its data over the tal research and education. past few months. "This new knowledge of winds over the oceans is essential for many oceanographic, meteorological, and climate investigations, as well as for improving re- gional and global operational weather predictions," Cambridge University Press said climate researcher Ralph Milliff of the National 40 W. 20 St., New York, NY 10011 Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colo- Telephone: 800-872-7423 rado. "SeaWinds data are eagerly anticipated by these research and operational communities." Trans Tech Publications "Near real-time wind-vector measurements from Book Review Department, P. O. Box 699, SeaWinds represent a vast improvement in coverage Enfield, NH 03748 over the generally data-sparse oceans," said SeaWinds science team member Paul Chang of the National Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 851 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society American Meteorological Society

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Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society , Volume 81 (4): 1 – Apr 1, 2000

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Abstract

ments from NASA's SeaWinds instrument on the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Quikscat satellite become available in February—in- Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service. formation that can improve weather forecasting around "SeaWinds data will be used operationally by marine the world. forecasters and for numerical weather prediction mod- Access to daily wind data and animations from the els. These data promise to yield significant improve- ocean-wind tracker, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion ments in short-term warnings and forecasts and in Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California, is available on medium- to long-range forecasts." the World Wide Web at http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/ The orbiting SeaWinds radar instrument is managed quikscat and at http://haifung.jpl.nasa.gov. for NASA's Office of Earth Science, Washington, "We're opening the tap on this global data to the D.C., by JPL, which also oversaw development of the world," said Michael Freilich, principal investigator SeaWinds radar instrument and is providing ground on SeaWinds and a professor at Oregon State Univer- science-processing systems. NASA's Goddard Space sity, Corvallis. The measurements and data products Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, managed devel- show developing weather systems with unprecedented opment of the satellite, designed and built by Ball detail. Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, Boulder, "SeaWinds measurements of the direction and Colorado. NOAA is contributing to ground system strength of the winds at the ocean surface give us new processing and distributing SeaWinds data in near-real knowledge that, in combination with satellite measure- time to the international operational weather forecast- ments of clouds, temperature, and other data, can be ing community. NASA and NOAA are working to- used for understanding how different weather systems gether to transition these critical wind measurements and storms develop and for predicting weather over from research to operational missions to improve the accuracy of current weather forecasts and to extend the entire globe." The measurements also are crucial forecast projections from three to five days. for understanding ocean currents, climate patterns, and the cyclical and anomalous variations that occur in NASA's Earth Science Enterprise is a long-term those patterns, Freilich said. research and technology program designed to exam- The heart of SeaWinds is a specially designed ine earth's land, oceans, atmosphere, ice, and life as a spaceborne radar instrument called a scatterometer. total integrated system. More information about the The radar operates at a microwave frequency that pen- Office of Earth Sciences can be found on the World etrates clouds. This, coupled with the satellite's polar Wide Web at http://www.earth.nasa.gov. orbit, makes the wind systems over the entire world's National Science Board Recommends $1 oceans visible to SeaWinds on a daily basis. The mea- Billion Increase in Environmental Research surements provide detailed information about ocean Spending winds, waves, currents, polar ice features, and other phenomena, for the benefit of meteorologists, clima- The National Science Board (NSB) has adopted a tologists, oceanographers, and mariners. report recommending that the National Science Foun- SeaWinds was launched 19 June 1999, and engi- dation (NSF) spend an additional $1 billion over the neers and scientists have successfully calibrated the next five years to increase its support for environmen- satellite and verified the accuracy of its data over the tal research and education. past few months. "This new knowledge of winds over the oceans is essential for many oceanographic, meteorological, and climate investigations, as well as for improving re- gional and global operational weather predictions," Cambridge University Press said climate researcher Ralph Milliff of the National 40 W. 20 St., New York, NY 10011 Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colo- Telephone: 800-872-7423 rado. "SeaWinds data are eagerly anticipated by these research and operational communities." Trans Tech Publications "Near real-time wind-vector measurements from Book Review Department, P. O. Box 699, SeaWinds represent a vast improvement in coverage Enfield, NH 03748 over the generally data-sparse oceans," said SeaWinds science team member Paul Chang of the National Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 851

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