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NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar Series: Past Presentations

Creating a Digital Earth NESDIS’ Role Delivering Information to the World

by Katie Poser on 2020-07-15T10:12:00-04:00 | 0 Comments


Date: July 14, 2020

Speaker: Stephen Volz PhD, NOAA's Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services 

Abstract: NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) provides secure and timely access to global environmental data to both promote and protect the Nation’s environment, security, economy and quality of life. Within just the past couple years a new generation of environmental satellites have become operational. The seminar will outline how these new satellites and data management capabilities allow NESDIS to meet the growing needs for environmental information in our rapidly changing global environment. 

About the Speaker: Dr. Volz has more than 30 years of professional experience in aerospace. As the head of NESDIS, he sets the strategic vision and implementation objectives for the Nation’s civilian operational earth observing satellite fleet. Within NOAA he serves as the Co-Chair of the NOAA Observing Systems Council and is a member of the NOAA Executive Council. He is a leader in the international Earth observation community, serving as the NOAA Principal to the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and to the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS). He has also served as the NOAA and US Principal to the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the international Group on Earth Observations (GEO). In each of these roles Dr. Volz leads efforts to coordinate global satellite-based observations among international space agency partners and interested users of remote sensing earth observation data to further the development of a Global Earth Observation System of Systems, and to meet the global weather and environmental monitoring and forecasting efforts.

Prior to coming to NOAA, Dr. Volz worked at NASA Headquarters in the Earth Science Division, and at the Goddard Space Flight Center in satellite design, development, test and operations, including work on the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), among others. Dr. Volz worked in industry at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation from 1997–2002, where he was the Project Manager for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility superfluid helium cryostat and other flight projects.

Dr. Volz has doctorate and master degrees in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Virginia.

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