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JPSS Science


NOAA’s JPSS satellites provide critical environmental data to support NOAA’s ongoing mission to understand and predict changes in the weather and climate, in the oceans and along the coasts. The JPSS Program Science Team ensures the scientific integrity of the JPSS mission and oversees user readiness through management of data user requirements and evaluation of scientific JPSS products. Additionally, the team establishes forums for user engagement to assess the use of JPSS products and services and a variety of other applications.

The JPSS Science Team also coordinates the prelaunch testing of each instrument JPSS satellites carry to ensure that they will operate as expected in space.

Rendering of a JPSS satellite.

Proving Ground and Risk Reduction Program

The JPSS Proving Ground and Risk Reduction (PGRR) program was established in 2012 to develop and enhance user applications of Suomi NPP and JPSS data, algorithms and products. The PGRR supports user demonstration by encouraging interactions between technical experts from the JPSS Program, university partners and key user stakeholders. The PGRR has strategically invested in multiple projects to maximize the benefits of the use of current JPSS capabilities and identify new ways of using JPSS data operationally. The proving ground initiatives include:

  • Arctic
  • Atmospheric Composition
  • Aviation
  • Fire and Smoke
  • Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones
  • Hydrology
  • Innovation
  • Ocean and Coasts
  • River Ice and Flooding
  • Sounding Applications
  • Training
  • Numerical Weather Prediction


Science Seminars

The JPSS Program Science Team hosts monthly seminars on various topics related to JPSS data applications, to engage with the wider environmental satellite data community and broaden understanding of how JPSS data can contribute to various weather and environmental applications.



Science Publications

Every year, the JPSS Program Science Team releases an annual Science Digest, summarizing key topics and findings related to JPSS data, algorithms and products in the past year.



Science Training Resources

The JPSS Program Science Team is dedicated to ensuring that the science community can take full advantage of our data and products. Toward that end, we have developed and made available training on a wide variety of topics.