A geographical plot of sea surface wind speed and direction using data from Scatsat.

An example data product of sea surface wind speed and direction.
(Image credit: ISRO, NOAA)

The ISRO-NOAA Data Exchange and Cooperation (INDEC) Program is a cooperative partnership program led by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The INDEC Program is an overarching structure for all shared efforts between ISRO and NOAA.

Representing NOAA in the management of INDEC Program and Project is The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) and Office of Projects, Planning, and Analysis (OPPA).

The primary purpose of the INDEC Program is for ISRO and NOAA to cooperate in the involvement of meteorological (weather) and oceanographic (ocean) satellite and data sharing missions of mutual interest. The program provides services, data, and expertise to the other party. This cooperation enhances the capabilities of the partnership and provides timely (near real-time) earth sciences data to the international weather research and forecasting communities.

Scatsat instrument mounted in a large bracket in a testing facility.

(Image credit: ISRO)

The ISRO-NOAA partnership share values in the benefits of equality, reciprocity, and mutual benefit:

  • Both: ISRO and NOAA share the common goal of optimizing the quality and maximizing the utility of the SCATSAT-1 data for the benefit of future global and regional scientific and operational applications.
  • Both: Identify opportunities for future collaboration in ground architecture (e.g. Oceansat-3, SCATSAT-1, etc.)
  • India (ISRO): Reduce costs in the reliance on Svalbard Ground Station.
  • U.S. (NOAA): Develop the operational partnership and gain access to satellite data maintained by ISRO.

ISRO and NOAA expect the INDEC partnership to succeed well into the future after an extension and approval in late 2017 of the initial 2012 agreement. The renewed project framework allows for continued cooperation and follow-on projects such as the SCATSAT Project, which is currently under development.