hosted the Satellite Direct Readout Users Conference for the
Americas December 9-13, 2002, in Miami, Florida. The purpose
of this Conference was to bring together users of the NOAA
GOES geostationary and POES polar orbiting satellites, potential
users of the forthcoming METOP polar orbiting satellite comprising
part of the Initial Joint Polar-Orbiting Operational Satellite
System, and the future NOAA NPOESS.
NOAA Deputy Undersecretary for