The Weather Facsimile (WEFAX) Service facilitates the retransmission of images and meteorological analysis from the Wallops CDA ground station to the user community. Data originate from the NWS and NOAA image processing facilities.
The Data Collecton System (DCS) provides for near real-time acquisition and relay of environmental data for centralized archiving and distribution. The data are used to provide warnings and forecasts of environmental events such as tsunamis, tropical cyclones, and floods. They also are used to map river states, soil conditions, and snow depth.
The GOES I-M satellites provide continued support for the communications paths between Earth-situated DCPs in the Western Hemisphere on 200 domestic and 100 international channels. The spacecraft can be programmed to support DCS operating frequencies of either the Japanese or the European geostationary satellites. As an adjunct to the DCS capability, GOES will continue to relay a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) time code for users throughout the hemisphere.