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The spotlight theme is “A New Era for NOAA Environmental Satellites.” The Agenda will comprise not only presentations and discussions, but will also include opportunities for: building sustainable partnerships; framing new pathways to science, technology, engineering and mathematics; improving access and opportunity; responding to the needs of students; and providing an opportunity via posters and presentations to showcase results of collaborative research projects and partnerships between students and scientists at NOAA.

This conference will consist of invited oral and presentations with emphasis on environmental satellite technological, scientific, educational and training opportunities, and direct readout and re-broadcast services to raise awareness of upcoming enhancements and prepare for their use.

This gathering will include users and providers of polar-orbiting and geostationary satellite data, products, and applications, from the public, private, and international and academic sectors. Participants will include representatives from NOAA, NASA, the Department of Defense, Environment Canada, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and the hydrometeorological services of countries in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Asia – all within one venue. NSC 2017 will provide a venue and opportunity for greater collaboration between environmental satellite users.

The launch of new generations of satellites – the GOES-R geostationary series, and the JPSS -1 and EUMETSAT polar-orbiting satellites – will result in significant changes in data rates, volumes, acquisition, and information content. The changes resulting from these new satellite systems will affect all users of environmental satellites, particularly those who receive data directly from the satellites. As NOAA continues to build and launch its next-generation satellite constellations, the conference will feature a variety of information sessions and presentations that will show users how these advanced spacecraft will better meet their needs for environmental data and information. The agenda will include, but is not limited to, discussions and possibilities for improved access and use of NOAA data, the reception and application of GOES-16 and JPSS-1 satellite data, building sustainable partnerships, and framing new pathways for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.