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Denver, CO -- A lack of Congressional funding may lead to a 25% drop in satellite Earth observations over the next few years.
The NRC report projects observation programs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to be in jeopardy within the next five years. Projections indicate that in the year 2017, NOAA weather satellites currently in place will have reached the end of their lifetime, a year before they are scheduled to financially be replaced. One weather satellite would remain in place to use for the entire country, a dramatic decrease in ouput data from the typical two satellites currently in use
But with the recent decision by Congress to allocate less than half of the billion dollars of funding needed to maintain and upgrade the fleet, officials warn of an upcoming gap in the service relied upon by weather forecasters, as well as the armed forces, search-and-rescue teams, energy companies and climate modelers