Initial Joint Polar-Orbiting Operational Satellite System

Project Description
The IJPS is the result of a cooperative effort between the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Organization for the
Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). It is comprised of two
polar-orbiting satellite systems and their respective ground segments. The IJPS
will provide and improve the operational meteorological and environmental
forecasting and global climate monitoring services worldwide. The IJPS will
continue long-term environmental observations from polar orbit provided by the
United States since April 1, 1960. The IJPS program will be contributing to and
supporting the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Observing System,
the Global Climate Observing System, the United Nations Environmental Programme
(UNEP), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and other related
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