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U.S. Weather and Environmental Satellites: Ready for the 21st Century?
Full Committee

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
10:00 AM
SR - 253
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The hearing will examine the state of U.S. weather and environmental satellites, including QuikSCAT, which is used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to aide in hurricane forecasting. The hearing also will look at setbacks in NOAA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellite procurement programs, such as the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R), and investigate the potential economic and scientific impacts of these problems, including the removal of sensors important to climate research and weather prediction.


Majority Statements
Daniel K. Inouye

Minority Statements


Opening Remarks

Panel 1
Ms. Mary Ellen Kicza
Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Dr. Michael Freilich
Director, Earth Science Division
Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Mr. David Powner
Director, Technology Management Issues
Government Accountability Office
Dr. Greg Holland
Director, Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division
Earth and Sun Systems Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Dr. Antonio Busalacchi
Professor and Director, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
University of Maryland

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