Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) is the science
arm of the NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS), which acquires
and manages the nation's operational Earth-observing satellites. NESDIS
provides data from these satellites, and conducts research to make that possible.
STAR Welcomes Hollings Scholar Kimberly Kenny
June 17, 2013 - STAR welcomes 2013 NOAA Hollings Scholar Kimberly Kenny for a summer of work with the SOCD Sea Surface Temperature team with Eileen Maturi. With the SST Team, Ms. Kenny will work on development of a methodology for dataset comparison. Kimberly is an undergraduate at Oregon State University, pursuing a dual degree in Biology and International Studies. After graduation, she hopes to earn her Master's Degree and Ph.D. from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Biological Oceanography. The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship stipulates a 10 week internship followed by a Student Symposium Week during which all scholars present their work in Silver Spring. The 2013 Symposium will be held during the last week in July. More information about the Hollings Scholarship.
Mark DeMaria Named Finalist for Sammy Award
May 7, 2013 - STAR's Mark DeMaria, Supervisory Meteorologist at STAR / CoRP / RAMMB in Fort Collins, CO has been nominated for his 30+ years of work pioneering models to better forecast the path and intensity of hurricanes to help communities and first responders prepare for the severe storms, saving countless lives, homes and businesses. This nomination, which will be awarded in October, recognizes a federal employee for significant accomplishments throughout a lifetime of achievement in public service.
Drs. Scott Rudlosky & Michael Folmer Presenting at NOAA Science Days
May 16, 2013 - ESSIC/CICS Scientists Drs. Michael Folmer and Scott Rudlosky recently presented at the NOAA Science Days Briefing in Silver Spring, Maryland. NOAA Science Days was created to highlight the latest and greatest NOAA work, and to inform senior NOAA leadership of happenings in the agency. They described two exciting new instruments that will be housed on the future GOES-R satellite. Michael described the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and Scott described the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). The talks were designed to generate enthusiasm and excitement about the innovative work made possible by the GOES-R satellite.
Flash Flood Warnings - Real World Data Product Impacts
May 6, 2013 - Bob Kuligowski (STAR / SMCD / EMB), a meteorologist with the NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research, discusses how the satellites are used to monitor for potential flash flood conditions. The infrared sensors on weather satellites can detect cloud top temperatures. Usually the coldest, highest cloud tops are associated with areas of heavy rainfall. These measurements are especially critical in open ocean areas or in countries without sophisticated ground-based rain gauge and radar networks for more precise rainfall estimates, along with mountainous areas where radar measurements are obscured by the terrain. Bob is eloquent about the potential value of satellite data "making very profound differences in peoples' lives", when, for example, warnings enable evacuations ahead of dangerous flood conditions.
STAR Leads at the NOAA 2013 Satellite Conference
April 8, 2013 - STAR and NESDIS welcome today the attendees of the 2013 NOAA Satellite Conference to the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction. This conference combines for the first time the Direct Readout, GOES/POES, and GOES-R/JPSS communities and missions, creating a conference uniquely focused on the work of North American satellite scientists. Read more.
The symposium, titled "Climate and Extreme Weather Impacts On Urban Coastal Communities",
was be held at the CUNY / City College of New York on June 5 & 6, 2013. Learn more.
Draft NOAA 5-Year Research Plan
Posted for Public Comment
May 3, 2013 - The NOAA Research Council will revise the draft
plan based on comments received during this comment period from May 3 through
June 3, 2013. To review the plan and comment, please visit