Sid Ahmed Boukabara: Thoughts on the Future of NOAA’s satellite remote sensing for weather forecasting and environment monitoring

A plenary talk from SPIE Optics + Photonics 2019
14 August 2019

In this plenary talk, Sid Boukabara of NOAA shares thoughts and perspectives on some of the driving factors, the challenges as well as the opportunities facing the future exploitation of the US Operational Observing Systems data. In particular, the Big data challenge and the need to explore new and innovative ways to be able to exploit them.

Sid Boukabara is the Principal Scientist for Strategic Initiatives of the NOAA NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR). He obtained his doctorate from Paris University in France.

Over the years, he has led a variety of scientific projects in NOAA including the implementation of operational variational systems and radiative transfer models to process microwave, infrared, active and passive sensors. For seven years, he served as the Deputy Director and Acting Director for the US Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation before serving as senior policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction (ASEOP).

He and his team are focusing on demonstrating the usefulness of new technologies, new observing systems, and new numerical approaches to optimize how NOAA exploits Big Data and especially satellite data.

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