About the Office of Satellite and Product Operations
OFFICE OF SATELLITE AND PRODUCT OPERATIONS
The Office of Satellite Products and Operations (OSPO) collects, processes, and distributes environmental satellite data and derived products about Earth's weather, atmosphere, oceans, land, and near-space conditions to domestic and foreign users. OSPO manages and directs the operation of the central ground facilities which ingest, process, and distribute environmental satellite data and derived products to domestic and foreign users. OSPO maintains a continuous and reliable stream of satellite data and products.
SATELLITE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES DIVISION
The Satellite Products and Services Division (SPSD) serves as the primary interface with the user community of environmental satellite data and products. SPSD provides, analyses, blended products from polar orbiting and geostationary satellites, and interpretive services. These satellite products are distributed to a diverse user community for a broad range of environmental applications. SPSD maintains an operational satellite data distribution network providing user access to real-time or near real-time environmental data and information. A quality assurance program is used to systematically evaluate and manage the satellite products and services, and to ensure continuous product improvement. Working with other organizations within NESDIS and NOAA, new products are tested, evaluated, and implemented when deemed operationally useful. In partnership with other agencies, the Division evaluates and deploys new technologies to satisfy emerging requirements.
SATELLITE PRODUCTS BRANCH
The Satellite Products Branch ensures the seamless transition of products and analysis techniques from research to operations and provide full lifecycle stewardship of operational products from development to product retirement. The Branch works closely with the NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA), and NWS’ National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) to ensure that advanced satellite data and analysis techniques are incorporated into NOAA’s numerical modeling activities. The Branch continuously monitors the quality of NESDIS operational product portfolio, evaluates system and product performance, and provides corrective maintenance and adaptive software maintenance as needed. The Branch utilizes interactive processing technology to integrate multiple satellite sensor data streams into new blended operationally supported products. The Branch serves as the NESDIS focal point for the development of new major digital products, and for the development and implementation of interactive workstation technology, and image processing capabilities used for operational applications of environmental satellite data.
SATELLITE ANALYSIS BRANCH
The Satellite Analysis Branch (SAB)mission is to analyze satellite imagery, integrated with ancillary datasets, to create briefings and products that enable its users to mitigate disasters and environmental hazards including tropical storms, heavy precipitation, fires and smoke, airborne volcanic ash and marine pollution (oil spills). Users of SAB's 24 x 7 x 365 interpretive satellite analysis products include all NOAA Line Offices, federal, state, local, and foreign government agencies, emergency responders and the public. Maintaining the quality and user utility of these life-saving products requires integrating cutting edge science, an increasingly broad array of satellite capabilities and techniques, continually expanded data distribution means and active user-oriented outreach.
DIRECT SERVICES BRANCH
The Direct Services Branch manages the satellite transmission services the provide operational data, derived products and support for the worldwide direct readout community who are given free, unrestricted access to the scientific data directly from the NOAA satellites. The Branch also administers the GOES Data Collection (DCS), the Argos Data Collection and Locations Systems used by researchers, governmental and environmental organizations worldwide and is the United States operator for the international Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) system, utilizing NOAA satellites, dedicated to saving persons in distress on land or water.