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(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.
CoralReefWatch's Mark Eakin Interviewed on Coral Bleaching By Scientific American
January 26, 2015 - NOAA Coral Reef Watch’s Mark Eakin was interviewed by Scientific American for a piece entitled, “Coral Reefs Show Remarkable Ability to Recover from Near Death”. The article discussed a new study by Nicholas Graham (James Cook University) and others published this week in Nature, revealing that some corals can bounce back from near death experiences, such as the severe bleaching events recently in the south Pacific and Florida in 2014. Dr. Eakin was also asked to discuss the current thermal stress outlook for coral reef ecosystems across the world's oceans. Read more.
STAR's Ocean Surface Winds Team Begins Winter Storms Flight Experiment over the North Atlantic
January 20, 2015 - Personnel from STAR and NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center deployed last week on NOAA's Kermit (P-3) aircraft to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Experimental flights will be conducted over the North Atlantic and Labrador Sea. NOAA's plane carries advanced remote-sensing equipment including the Imaging Wind and Rain Profiler developed and built by the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory at U-Mass Amherst. The team's work will be focused on testing this new instrument, validating output from existing instruments such as ASCAT and RapidSCAT, and evaluating new remote-sensing techniques and instrumentation. Read more.
4 STAR Scientists Honored with Gold and Silver Medals
December 18, 2014 - Today Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan announced this year's Gold and Silver Medal award winners. These medals, which are the highest awards bestowed by the Dept. of Commerce, recognize distinguished performance by NOAA employees. The honorees included 4 STAR scientists: Bill Pichel and Pablo Clemente-Colon were recognized for their research in synthetic aperture radar products. Tim Schmit (CoRP / ASPB) was recognized for critical support extending the useful life of aging weather satellites. And Sasha Ignatov (SOCD/SOSB) was honored with a Silver Medal for scientific excellence and leadership in developing NOAA’s web-based sea surface temperature monitoring system. Read more.
STAR 2015 Distinguished Career Award Winners
December 9, 2014 - NOAA's Distinguished Career Award honors cumulative career achievement of sustained excellence, rather than a single defined accomplishment. Three outstanding STAR scientists were honored this year. Felix Kogan, Bill Pichel, and Kent Hughes have together served NOAA for over 100 years, excelling in remote sensing of the oceans and monitoring global surface land conditions. Read more.
Eric Bayler Honored with Bronze Medal
December 9, 2014 - Eric Bayler was honored with a DOC Bronze Medal as a member of a NOAA-wide team that produced NOAA's first 5-year research and development plan,
using a rigorous process and inclusive engagement of NOAA scientists and stakeholders. Read more.
Mike Pavolonis Receives NOAA’s David S. Johnson Award
November 17, 2014 - CoRP's Mike Pavolonis has won the NOAA-Johnson Award. Mike is being honored for developing cutting-edge methods to convert satellite data into actionable information for mitigating hazards caused by volcanic eruptions and severe convection. These new remote sensing techniques improve the timeliness and accuracy of volcanic ash cloud advisories and severe weather warnings. The NOAA-Johnson Award, named after the 1st NOAA assistant administrator for the Satellites and Information Service, recognizes professional scientists who create new uses for observational satellite data, which can better predict atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial conditions. Read more.
Ferraro and Kuligowski Honored with NOAA Technology Transfer Award
November 4, 2014 - Today STAR's Ralph Ferraro (CoRP/SCSB) and Bob Kuligowski (SMCD/EMB), along with team members Limin Zhou and Donna McNamara of OSPO, were recognized at the 2014 NOAA Administrator's and Technology Transfer Awards Ceremony. Their work was cited "For greatly increasing the usefulness of state-of-the- art NOAA polar satellite inforation by the TV broadcaster community." Read more.
Short-term Prediction of Fall Foliage Coloration from VIIRS Data
October 15, 2014 - Xiaoyang Zhang (formerly of STAR) and Bob Yu (STAR / SMCD / EMB) have devised a new method to monitor and predict short-term fall foliage coloration across the United States using the VIIRS daily vegetation index. The new products have potential applications in agriculture, forestry, environmental modeling, and tourism. Developed with the support of the JPSS Proving Ground and Risk Reduction Program, the new system monitors in real time and forecast in the short term fall foliage development across the United States. Currently, the system monitors foliage every 3 days and makes prediction in 10 days ahead. Read more.
NESDIS 2014 Annual Report
October 16, 2014 -
NESDIS released their 2014 annual report today, prominently featuring
STAR's awards, publications, and achievements. Read it here.
American Meteorological Society
October 15, 2014 - Today the American Meteorological
Society recognized the UW-Madison CIMSS Tropical Cyclone Group and
STAR's Bob Kuligowski, as they announced recipients of their
2015 award winners, (PDF, 248 KB).
UW-Madison CIMSS Tropical Cyclone Group
The group: Christopher Velden, Timothy Olander, Derrick Herndon, Anthony Wimmers,
David Stettner, Steven Wanzong, Sarah Griffin, John Sears, and Jason
Dunion were honored "For providing the weather community with valuable tropical
cyclone-related satellite information and derived products for over
two decades." CIMSS is an Institute of STAR's Cooperative Research Program (CoRP)
and is colocated with STAR's Advanced Satellite Products Branch.
Recognized by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society with the 2015 Editor's Award
"For providing comprehensive, timely reviews that provided valuable stylistic and technical
insights with unusual precision and thoughtfulness."
STAR congratulates them all for their efforts.
NOS Recognizes STAR Scientist
Christopher Brown with Rafting Award
David Green, NWS, Beth Turner (NOS) and Chris Brown of STAR receive the NOS Peer 'Rafting' Award, presented by Russell Callender, Mary Erickson and Richard Edwing
October 3, 2014 -
David Green, Chris Brown (STAR), and Elizabeth Turner have shown true
"rafting" spirit in their collaboration with NOS offices and employees
through the NOAA
Ecological Forecasting Roadmap (EFR). Years before the Roadmap
existed, Beth, Chris and David were active in producing foundational
materials that crossed line office boundaries and emphasized a "OneNOAA"
approach to ecological forecasting. The NOS Peer Recognition Rafting
Award honors cross-organizational collaboration, customer service and
leadership in cooperative efforts between NOS staff and other NOAA
employees. STAR congratulates Chris for his efforts.
Latest STAR Publications
Updated: Tue, 27 Jan 2015
- Quantitative Analysis of VIIRS DNB Nightlight Point Source for Light Power Estimation and Stability Monitoring
- Cao CY and Bai Y
- Remote Sensing 6(12):11915-11935.
- Dec 2014
- Probabilistic radar rainfall nowcasts using empirical and theoretical uncertainty models
- Dai Q, Rico-Ramirez MA, Han D, Islam T and Liguori S
- Hydrological Processes 29(1):66-79.
- Jan 2015
- Improvements to and continuity of operational global thermal stress monitoring for coral bleaching
- Heron SF, Liu G, Rauenzahn JL, Christensen T, Skirving WJ, Burgess T, Eakin CM and Morgan JA
- Journal of Operational Oceanography 7(2):3-11.
- Aug 2014
- Changes in nitrogen oxides emissions in California during 2005-2010 indicated from top-down and bottom-up emission estimates
- Huang M, Bowman KW, Carmichael GR, Chai T, Pierce RB, Worden JR, Luo M, Pollack IB, Ryerson TB, et al.
- Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 119(22):12928-12952.
- Nov 27 2014
- Reef-Scale Thermal Stress Monitoring of Coral Ecosystems: New 5-km Global Products from NOAA Coral Reef Watch
- Liu G, Heron SF, Eakin CM, Muller-Karger FE, Vega-Rodriguez M, Guild LS, De La Cour JL, Geiger EF, Skirving WJ, et al.
- Remote Sensing 6(11):11579-11606.
- Nov 2014
- River runoff effect on the suspended sediment property in the upper Chesapeake Bay using MODIS observations and ROMS simulations
- Liu X and Wang M
- Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 119(12):8646-8661.
- Dec 2014
- Assessment of radar-derived snow depth over Arctic sea ice
- Newman T, Farrell SL, Richter-Menge J, Connor LN, Kurtz NT, Elder BC and McAdoo D
- Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 119(12):8578-8602.
- Dec 2014
- Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite solar diffuser calibration and its challenges using a solar diffuser stability monitor
- Sun J and Wang M
- Appl Opt 53(36):8571-8584.
- Dec 20 2014
- Interdecadal changes in snow depth on Arctic sea ice
- Webster MA, Rigor IG, Nghiem SV, Kurtz NT, Farrell SL, Perovich DK and Sturm M
- Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 119(8):5395-5406.
- Aug 2014
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