Quantitative Observing System Assessment Program (QOSAP)

The NOAA Quantitative Observing System Assessment Program (QOSAP) coordinates the assessment of the impact of current and new observations across the different NOAA Line Offices. QOSAP uses observing system experiments (OSEs) and observing system simulation experiments (OSSEs) as effective techniques to evaluate the impact of the different observation types. These studies help NOAA management prioritize mission designs in a cost-effective way by analyzing tradeoffs in the design of proposed observing systems.

QOSAP’s primary objective is to improve quantitative and objective assessment capabilities to evaluate operational and future observation system impacts and trade-offs to assess and to prioritize NOAA’s observing system architecture. More specifically, QOSAP’s main focuses are (1) increase NOAA’s capacity to conduct quantitative observing system assessments, (2) develop and use appropriate quantitative assessment methodologies, and (3) inform major decisions on the design and implementation of optimal composite observing systems.

For more information about QOSAP, please visit the Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) QOSAP website

View the QOSAP Terms of Reference

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