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The Observing Systems Committee (OSC) is a subcommittee of the NOAA Observing Systems Council (NOSC). The OSC shall propose the optimum observing systems configuration necessary to meet NOAA’s current and future missions. The NOSC has an obligation to NOAA leadership and the public to show a high return on investment in terms of service outcomes and societal benefits for the substantial resources committed.

Therefore, the OSC will provide (1) holistic, on-going assessment and analysis of the observing system portfolio and (2) specific recommendations to the NOSC for changes to the configuration of NOAA’s observing systems and overall portfolio to maximize the benefit to NOAA and its constituents.

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