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Kathryn Sullivan, Lawrence Strickling: Agencies Look to Satellites for Weather Forecasts

satelliteDevelopments in satellite technology have helped bolster the accuracy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s weather forecasting capabilities, said NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan and National Telecommunications and Information Administration Administrator Lawrence Strickling.

Sullivan and Strickling wrote in a guest post published Friday the agencies have sought to support government response efforts for natural disasters in the 10 years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.

“[Satellite] information will allow local officials to better target evacuations to those areas most likely to be affected and avoid disruptions to unaffected areas,” they said.

They added NOAA and NTIA have also worked to reduce the lead time for forecasts, increase investment in supercomputing and gain access to additional radio frequency spectrum to support wireless broadband communications between weather satellites and Earth stations.

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