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Kathryn Sullivan: NOAA Preps for Potential Satellite Coverage Gap

Kathy SullivanKathryn Sullivan, administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has told a House subcommittee that NOAA is exploring additional weather data sources in case a satellite coverage gap occurs, FCW reported Monday.

Adam Mazmanian writes that Sullivan testified before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s environment subcomittee to discuss the agency’s efforts to lessen a polar satellite gap’s potential impact on climate forecasting.

NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System is scheduled for an early 2017 launch, according to FCW.

“Statistical analyses can be slanted or come up with all sorts of answers,” Sullivan told House lawmakers Thursday.

“I’m focusing on managing the asset we have to protract its life, and stick the launch date,” she added, according to FCW.

A Government Accountability Office report estimates the gap could last for months or even years.

NOAA partnered with Taiwan to build a Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate system, which the agency believes could help address atmospheric data gaps.

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