policy statement Operational Use of Weather Satellites (Adopted by the AM S Council on 18 January 1998) Weather satellites are now a vital component of the effects of natural and man-induced processes on the world weather and climate monitoring and prediction environment. systems. Therefore, steps must be taken to ensure that Maintenance and improvement of global satellite their role is both sustained and enhanced to provide a systems, including a need for accurate ongoing cali- cost effective and efficient satellite system. To this bration, have become critical necessities for sustain- end, the AMS urges the following actions: ing and enhancing weather and climate prediction services and for monitoring global surface and tropo- • maintain continuity of the current satellite system, spheric temperature, ozone, and cloud characteristics and associated properties. Our capability must include • provide more focus on the calibration of satellite the global coverage of the polar-orbiting satellites and measurements, the continuous, broad coverage of the geostationary • continue coordination of both the national and in- satellites. In this coming era of restricted financial re- ternational satellite systems, sources, it is imperative to maintain and improve the • allow for open access to all satellite data, quality of
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Mar 1, 1998
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