Weather forecasting (31 - 40 of 40 items)
Weather Service Modernization: Risks Remain That Full Systems Potential Will Not be Achieved
T-AIMD-97-85: Published: Apr 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1997.
GAO discussed the National Weather Service's (NWS) systems modernization program.GAO noted that: (1) to reach the goal of better forecasting and earlier warnings with a smaller, downsized operation, the Weather Service has been acquiring new observing systems, including radars, satellites, and ground-based sensors, as well as powerful forecaster workstations; (2) the Advanced Weather Interactive P...
Weather Satellites: Planning for the Geostationary Satellite Program Needs More Attention
AIMD-97-37: Published: Mar 13, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) management of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Program, focusing on: (1) NOAA's strategy for procuring satellites in the GOES continuation series; (2) what steps NOAA should be taking now to prepare for the next generation series of satellites; and (3) whether...
Weather Satellites: Action Needed to Resolve Status of the U.S. Geostationary Satellite Program
NSIAD-91-252: Published: Jul 24, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) joint efforts to develop and acquire the next generation of geostationary weather satellites, GOES-Next, focusing on: (1) cost, schedule, and technical status; (2) reasons for program problems that led to cost increases and sc...
Weather Satellites: The U.S. Geostationary Satellite Program Is at a Crossroad
T-NSIAD-91-49: Published: Jul 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1991.
GAO discussed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) cooperative arrangement for developing the next generation of geostationary weather satellites, GOES-Next, focusing on: (1) cost, schedule, and technical problems; and (2) alternatives available to NOAA to remedy those problems. GAO noted that: (1) since NOAA su...
Weather Satellites: Cost Growth and Development Delays Jeopardize U.S. Forecasting Ability
NSIAD-89-169: Published: Jun 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) cooperative arrangement for the development and procurement of the next series of geostationary operational environmental satellites (GOES), focusing on the: (1) award of the prime contract and its principal subcontract; (2) c...
Weather Satellites: User Views on the Consequences of Eliminating a Civilian Polar Orbiter
RCED-86-111: Published: Mar 7, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Defense (DOD), and foreign countries use NOAA polar-orbiting satellites; (2) how the loss of one or both satellites would affect these users; (3) the extent to which the two NOAA geostationary weather s...
Commercializing Landsat and the Weather Satellites
126473: Jan 1, 1985
This article, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 20, Issue 1, Winter 1985, discusses the transfer of Landsat, a civilian land remote sensing satellite, and other weather satellites to the private sector in order to develop a better market for the program. GAO found that satellite experts objected to the sale because the federal government is the main user of the satellites, and they feared tha...
Reasons for Lack of Replacement for Failed Weather Satellite
RCED-84-198: Published: Aug 31, 1984. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO conducted an investigation into the reasons why the United States does not have a satellite to replace a weather satellite that failed. In addition, it reviewed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) policies, plans, and procurement procedures concerning the weather satellite program.GAO found that NOAA and the National Aeronautics and Sp...
Effects on Users of Commercializing Landsat and the Weather Satellites
RCED-84-93: Published: Feb 24, 1984. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1984.
The Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates two remote sensing satellite systems, the weather satellites and Landsat, which produce data for worldwide use. In March 1983, NOAA announced its decision to transfer these satellites to private enterprise because it believes that commercialization will lead to better market development for these systems....
Quality of Weather Forecasts and Opportunity for Improvements
CED-78-33: Published: Jan 24, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 1978.
Information was compiled on the quality of weather forecasts and options which may be available to improve weather predictions for both short-term and long-term forecasts. Brief descriptions are provided of the organizational structure and the current method used by the National Weather Service to predict weather. The amount of appropriated funds devoted by the National Weather Service to forecast...