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NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar Series: Past Presentations

The Future of NOAA’s Satellite Observing and Data Information Systems

by Katie Poser on 2020-11-16T09:33:00-05:00 | 0 Comments

Slides: of NOAA Satellites_FINAL.pdf

Date: November 10, 2020

Speaker: Vanessa Griffin, Director, Office of Strategic Architecture and Advanced Planning, NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

Abstract: NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) is responsible for providing space-based data to support NOAA mission needs, as well as providing this data beyond NOAA to support myriad domestic and international users. In recent years NESDIS has begun to launch NOAA’s latest satellite systems—JPSS and the GOES-R series—which have improved the data available for monitoring severe weather, for feeding numerical weather prediction models, for tracking characteristics of the oceans, and more. With these satellites in operation, NESDIS has begun planning for the satellite systems to follow in the 2030s and beyond, completing a multi-year cost-benefit analysis of alternative approaches to its future satellite architecture in support of NOAA Line Office needs. This presentation will preview the next-generation of capabilities NESDIS is pursuing. We will review plans for the next NOAA satellite systems, as well as new ways of doing business, expanded partnerships and joint ventures to leverage the capabilities of our international partners, other federal agencies, and the commercial aerospace sector, and new ground services necessary to generate the data products and services that our users demand in a rapidly-changing world.

Bio: Vanessa Griffin has over 40 years’ experience in the Federal Government helping foster the research, development, and operations of the Nation’s critical environmental satellites and IT. As the Director of NOAA/NESDIS’s Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning (OSAAP) Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO), Ms. Griffin directs the architectural development for the next generation of NOAA environmental satellite constellations, adapting new technology and space commerce business practices to achieve enhanced performance at lower cost.

Ms. Griffin oversees the execution of NOAA’s commercial weather data program that acquires critical weather data needed to meet NOAA’s mission from commercial providers. Prior to her position in OSAAP, Ms. Griffin directed the 550+-person team responsible for the successful operation of eighteen of the Nation’s environmental satellites along with the production and analysis of science products using the data from those satellites. Ms. Griffin previously served as the Project Manager for NOAA’s largest IT development project, responsible for the design and development of the large, complex ground system NOAA uses to operate the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - Series R (GOES-R) satellites. Ms. Griffin developed her in-depth knowledge of satellite and ground system development and operations while serving in a variety of positions during her extensive career.

As Chief of NOAA’s Ground Systems Division she sustained and modernized NOAA’s satellite ground systems. As the Science Operations Manager for NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System she supervised the operations of NASA’s nine Distributed Active Archive Centers. She has held a variety of NASA Program Management and System Engineering positions. Ms. Griffin maintains a strong customer‐focus cultivated during the ten years she served as an Advanced Meteorologist with the United States Air Force. Ms. Griffin holds a Master of Science Degree in Atmospheric Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology along with Bachelor of Science Degrees in both Meteorology and Computer Science.

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