NOAA CoastWatch is encouraging our users to participate in this upcoming workshop (and/or the survey) and have their interests heard and documented.  CoastWatch will also participate as a stakeholder.  We are not the host of these activities.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), and the Geostationary and Extended Orbits (GEO-XO) Program are conducting targeted stakeholder outreach efforts to better understand the jobs of the end users and identify how remote sensing data can best support the decisions and operations of the entire user community.  As part of our ongoing efforts, we are engaging users in workshops, interviews, and surveys as a way of gathering data to inform the next generation of geostationary observations, due to launch in 2030. We welcome your contributions to these efforts as they will help us to better understand your needs and ensure the next generation of satellites can support your roles in society.

On November 17 – 20, 2020, GEO-XO will be conducting a Virtual Oceans Workshop, which focused on understanding what data needs and blindspots members of the ocean community face. In an effort to begin this conversation and expand our understanding of the ocean community, we invite you to complete the Oceans Community Survey, located here (non-government link). This Oceans Survey focuses on understanding what data needs and capability gaps you face in your work. Your responses will inform GEO-XO's instrument development as well as guide NESDIS' user engagement and product services.

Additionally, if you have colleagues who would be interested in sharing their own challenges, we invite you to forward this invitation. For updates on all NESDIS GEO-XO user engagements events, workshop reports and survey results, please visit the GEO-XO user engagement website here (offsite URL). If you have questions, please reach out to Vanessa Escobar, Lead Scientist for GEO-XO User Engagement at, or Renata Lana, Co-Lead for the NESDIS User Engagement Council at You may also contact the GEO-XO User Engagement Team at