Invited Speakers

Observations for a Changing Planet: NOAA’s Future Geostationary Satellites

With applications from disaster response to water management to firefighting, NOAA’s geostationary satellites have long been one of the nation’s most versatile observing systems. The current generation, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R), serves industries from transportation to energy production to emergency management. With its next-generation satellites, the Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) series, NOAA plans to improve service for existing users and expand service to meet the needs of communities affected by ocean and coastal conditions, air quality, and climate change. By improving on GOES-R’s imager and lightning mapper, and by adding hyperspectral sounder, ocean color, and atmospheric composition observations, GeoXO will be even more indispensable to the US and our neighbors throughout the Western Hemisphere. GeoXO is being designed to meet the challenges of a changing planet, including more severe hurricanes, higher rainfall and lightning rates, spreading harmful algal blooms, ever-present wildfires, and worsening air quality. This presentation will discuss the instrument improvements planned for GeoXO, as well as the new applications achievable with the enhanced capabilities. The GeoXO program status and an overview of the instrument calibration requirements and early calibration plans will also be presented.

Pam Sullivan, Director of Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) Observations, NOAA Satellite and Information Service

Pam Sullivan leads the development of NOAA’s geostationary satellite systems as the Director of the Office of GEO Observations. She manages the GOES-R and GeoXO programs and is responsible for the development of the spacecraft, instruments, launch services, and ground systems. Sullivan joined NOAA in 2018 after 27 years with NASA, where she contributed to multiple spaceflight missions including the Joint Polar Satellite System, James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, and the GOES-IM, NOP, and R-Series projects. Early in her career, Sullivan served as a United States Air Force officer supporting Space Shuttle and other manned spaceflight missions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering from MIT.