The user community in South and Central America have established a Roadmap for regional satellite data distribution in Region III and IV. This purpose of the roadmap to better coordinate satellite data access and (re-)distribution across the Region, to share resource load and responsibility, and to guide WMO Members in the identification and realization of country-specific solutions. A Region-based approach to this problem will also make it easier for NOAA and vendors to respond to the Region and country needs.
The current draft roadmap presents the background situation and the new components of the satellite system in the region. It also shows the actual status and the timetable for the next satellite generation (GOES-R series) and their characteristics. In addition, the document presents the different ways to have access to the data, and potential solution pathways for Members (e.g., using a GOES-R ReBroadcast Station (GRB), using GEONETCast-Americas, etc). The roadmap is a very important document for the region and will guide the users towards the different possibilities to access the next satellite generation. The roadmap is a living document and you will find the latest version here.