The 2015 NOAA Satellite Conference took place on April 27‒May 1, 2015 in Greenbelt, Maryland (#NSatCon15). The theme of the conference was "Preparing for the Future of Environmental Satellites." The conference brought together users and providers of polar-orbiting and geostationary satellite data, products, and applications, from the public, private, and academic sectors. As the next generation of satellites becomes operational, all users will need to enhance or replace current receiving equipment and basic processing software. The conference consisted of invited oral and poster presentations with emphasis on environmental satellite technological, scientific, educational and training opportunities, and direct readout and re-broadcast services to raise awareness of upcoming enhancements and prepare for their use.
2015 NOAA Satellite Science Week was held February 23-27 at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Science Week is a joint meeting to review and discuss the state of the science portfolio of the GOES-R and JPSS programs. This includes GOES-R and JPSS products, their availability and maturity, risk reduction science activities, and calibration/validation. This meeting is an essential component of user readiness for the next generation of NOAA geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites.