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The 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. STAR's mission is to accelerate the transfer of satellite observations of land, atmosphere, ocean, and climate from scientific research and development into routine operations, enabling NOAA to offer state-of-the-art data, products, and services to decision-makers.

Brad Pierce, NOAA Administrators Award MODIS image of Atmospheric Gravity Waves over the Atlantic Ocean 2016 CoRP Symposium - CIRA - Ft. Collins, CO New paper in Science: Historic Coral Bleaching Threatens the Great Barrier Reef April 2016 - Tropical Cyclone Fantala - Category 5

Brad Pierce Receives the Prestigious NOAA Administrators Award

15 November 2016 - Brad Pierce from the Advanced Satellite Products Branch received the prestigious 2016 NOAA Administrators award at a ceremony that was held on 15 November 2016 in Silver Spring, MD. He received the award “For providing robust, real-time, simulated data of next generation geostationary satellite images, reducing risk in post-launch operations”. STAR congratulates Brad for his excellent work.

Atmospheric Gravity Waves over the Atlantic Ocean

3 October 2016 - On April 27, 2016, a striking true-color image acquired by MODIS NASA’s Aqua satellite showed several groups of very well structured arc cloud patterns, indicating atmospheric gravity waves, aligned in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean between South America and Africa, extending over 2,000 km. The unique feature of this observation is that the scale of the atmospheric gravity waves are an order of a magnitude larger than previously reported in the literature. The August issue of Acta Oceanologica Sinica featured this image on its cover, which was submitted by STAR’s Xiaofeng Li and several co-authors. Read more.

2016 CoRP Symposium

22 July 2016 - The 2016 CoRP Symposium was held 18-19 July at the CIRA/Atmospheric Science complex on the foothills campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins CO. The Symposium consisted of two days of presentations and posters, including a few invited speakers and featuring oral and poster presentations by younger scientists from several Cooperative Institutes. The poster presenters also gave brief oral summaries of their posters in an introductory session. At the end of the Symposium, award certificates were presented to the three best posters. See the symposium site. Read more.

Historic Coral Bleaching Threatens the Great Barrier Reef

21 April 2016 - A new study by Australia’s James Cook University, University of Queensland and NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch found that Great Barrier Reef corals were able to survive past bleaching because they were exposed to an early season pulse of warm waters. However, this protective pattern is likely to be lost in coming years. Using 27 years of NOAA satellite sea surface temperature data and innovative genomic analyses, they showed that this early pulse of warming turned on genes that protect the coral. Unfortunately, global warming is likely to eliminate this “practice run” making bleaching worse in coming decades. Read more in Science.

Tropical Cyclone Fantala

20 April 2016 - Tropical Cyclone Fantala achieved a category 5 intensity of 150 knots (172 mph) on 17 April as it passed north of the island of Madagascar in the southwestern Indian Ocean. These daytime Infrared and Visible images from the VIIRS 375-m I-bands show a very well-organized storm with a warm eye, symmetric cold central dense overcast, and evidence for mesovortices in the low-level clouds inside the eye. As of 4/20, Fantala is reported to be the most powerful tropical storm on record for the Indian Ocean. Click image to enlarge - image courtesy of STAR's Dan Lindsey, CoRP / RAMMB and Don Hillger.

2016 Gold Medal Award Winners -
Tom Smith and Ken Pryor

2016 DOC Gold Medal Award Winners Thomas M. Smith (CoRP / SCSB) and Ken Pryor (SMCD / OPDB)
27 September 2016 - STAR's Tom Smith (CoRP / SCSB) and Ken Pryor (SMCD / OPDB) were honored today with Dept. of Commerce Gold Medal awards for Scientific and Engineering Achievement. The highest honor award of the DOC, the Gold Medal has been presented since 1949 by the Secretary of Commerce for distinguished performance. Read more.


2016 NOAA Satellite Aerosol Product Workshop


STAR Scientists and the NASA IceBridge Mission:
Underflying Sentinel-3A's Track for Cal/Val

photo: CICS' Thomas Newman on the IceBridge 2016 team

21 April 2016 - The NOAA Hurricane Hunter "Miss Piggy" and the NASA Operation IceBridge team arrived on site at Thule Air Base, Greenland on Monday 4-18, and quickly departed for the first science mission of the season Tuesday morning, 19 April 2016. Using a suite of remote sensing instrumentation, the aircraft surveyed shore-fast ice at Ellesmere Island, Canada. NOAA/STAR and CICS scientists are participating in the NASA Operation IceBridge Spring 2016 mission, including today's attempt to underfly the Sentinel-3A satellite, a cal/val flight which the NOAA-LSA team proposed. read more.

Latest STAR Publications

Updated: Thu, 01 Dec 2016

Title:
Coastal Zone Classification With Fully Polarimetric SAR Imagery
Authors:
Gou SP, Li XF and Yang XF
Journal:
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 13(11):1616-1620.
DOI: 10.1109/lgrs.2016.2597965
Date:
Nov 2016
Title:
A Case Study of the Mechanisms Modulating the Evolution of Valley Fog
Authors:
Hang C, Nadeau DF, Gultepe I, Hoch SW, Roman-Cascon C, Pryor K, Fernando HJS, Creegan ED, Leo LS, et al.
Journal:
Pure and Applied Geophysics 173(9):3011-3030.
DOI: 10.1007/s00024-016-1370-4
Date:
Sep 2016
Title:
Analysis of the timing of phase changes in the chlorophyll concentration in the East/Japan Sea
Authors:
Jo YH, Kim HC, Son S and Kim D
Journal:
Continental Shelf Research 127:1-11.
DOI: 10.1016/j.csr.2016.08.007
Date:
Sep 2016
Title:
A Sight for Sore Eyes: The Return of True Color to Geostationary Satellites
Authors:
Miller SD, Schmit TJ, Seaman CJ, Lindsey DT, Gunshor MM, Kohrs RA, Sumida Y and Hillger D
Journal:
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 97(10):1803-1816.
DOI: 10.1175/bams-d-15-00154.1
Date:
Oct 2016
Title:
Performance Assessment of Simulated CYGNSS Measurements in the Tropical Cyclone Environment
Authors:
Said F, Soisuvarn S, Jelenak Z and Chang PS
Journal:
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 9(10):4709-4719.
DOI: 10.1109/jstars.2016.2559782
Date:
Oct 2016
Title:
The GNSS Reflectometry Response to the Ocean Surface Winds and Waves
Authors:
Soisuvarn S, Jelenak Z, Said F, Chang PS and Egido A
Journal:
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 9(10):4678-4699.
DOI: 10.1109/jstars.2016.2602703
Date:
Oct 2016
Title:
The spectral signature of cloud spatial structure in shortwave irradiance
Authors:
Song S, Schmidt KS, Pilewskie P, King MD, Heidinger AK, Walther A, Iwabuchi H, Wind G and Coddington OM
Journal:
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16(21):13791-13806.
DOI: 10.5194/acp-16-13791-2016
Date:
Nov 2016
Title:
Investigation on the Tendencies of the Land-Ocean Warming Contrast in the Recent Decades
Authors:
Zhao LL, Xu JJ, Powell A, Guo D, Shi CH, Shao M and Wang DH
Journal:
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 13(10):1522-1526.
DOI: 10.1109/lgrs.2016.2594954
Date:
Oct 2016

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