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Interagency Council for Advancing Meteorological Services


committee for operational environmental satellites


The Committee for Operational Environmental Satellites (COES) shall advance the goals of the Interdepartmental Committee for Meteorolgical Services and Supporting Research (ICMSSR) to achieve interagency coordination in planning for use of sustained environmental satellite systems to support federal meteorological and oceanographic operational services providers and their customers. The objectives of the COES are to:

  1. Ensure interagency review and coordination of approved requirements for operational environmental satellite programs.
  2. Promote an open dialog concerning environmental satellite systems development, satellite data systems architecture, continuity plans, data exploitation readiness plans.
  3. Consider potential use of research satellite capabilities to augment operational systems in meeting user needs, and plans to transition research data into operational products and new applications.
  4. Facilitate working-level relationships between Federal members and other stakeholders to effectively resolve interagency issues with regard to the availability of environmental satellite data and products from future systems.
  5. Establish dialog with other standing groups currently engaged in various aspects of environmental satellite and data readiness and exploitation, including: U.S. Global Earth Observing (USGEO) program, Committee for Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS), Coordinating Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS), Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) User conference, and other relevant user groups.
  6. Coordinate with the Committee for Operational Processing Centers (COPC) on issues of mutual interest, i.e. data availability and data assimilation, and share information.
  7. Address other matters as directed by the ICMSSR.
  8. Provide regular updates to the ICMSSR and other elements of the Federal Coordination Infrastructure as necessary.

Terms of Reference for COES


COES meets quarterly to discuss important issues.

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