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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.

photo: Thomas Burns, NESDIS Deputy Assistant Administrator, Yong Han, STAR, and NOAA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Operations VADM Michael Devany A before and after image of coral bleaching in American Samoa. First image: December 2014. Second image: February 2015 when the XL Catlin Seaview Survey responded to a NOAA coral bleaching alert. (Photo credit: XL Caitlin Seaview Survey) STAR scientists find link between smoke from fires and tornado intensity STAR scientists Nick Nalli  and Jonathan Smith (NRC) investigate

Yong Han Honored with Administrator's Award

December 8, 2015 - On a November 17th ceremony at the NOAA Auditorium, STAR's Yong Han received the NOAA Administrator's Award in recognition of his outstanding efforts "developing state-of-the-art processing, calibration, and monitoring of Cross-track Infrared Souder full spectral resolution data for weather and climate applications".

Coral Reef Watch and Partners Announce 3rd Global Bleaching Event

October 9, 2015 - As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, NOAA scientists confirm the same conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may continue, prompting the declaration of the third global coral bleaching event ever on record. “The coral bleaching and disease, brought on by climate change and coupled with events like the current El Niño, are the largest and most pervasive threats to coral reefs around the world,” said Mark Eakin, NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch coordinator. “As a result, we are losing huge areas of coral across the U.S., as well as internationally.” Read more.

February 5, 2015 - A new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters examines the role of atmospheric smoke in a historic severe weather outbreak on April 27, 2011. This extraordinary weather event produced 122 tornadoes and resulted in 313 deaths across the Southeastern U.S. and is considered the most severe event of its kind since 1950. The authors of this study include Brad Pierce and Andy Heidinger of CoRP / ASPB. Read more.

January 28, 2015 - The NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown set sail on January 15 as part of CalWater 2015, a two-month research study to investigate how West Coast rain and snow are impacted by atmospheric rivers and aerosols. The research crew includes STAR's Nick Nalli and NRC visiting scientists Jonathan Smith, who are launching dedicated radiosondes to observe atmospheric rivers and to collect data for validating JPSS environmental data records. CalWater 2015 has research teams working in air, on the ocean, and on land to improve our understanding of 'atmospheric rivers' of rain-bearing clouds that bring floods and extreme weather to the Pacific coast every winter. This year's CalRiver project activities was recently featured in the Washington Post. Read more.

14th Annual NOAA-CREST Day

photo: Dr. Stephen VolzKeynote Speaker:
Dr. Stephen Volz,
NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite
& Information Services

April 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Grove School of Engineering, Steinman Hall Auditorium
The City College of City University of New York
140th St. and Convent Avenue, New York, NY

  • Interact & network with NOAA-CREST students and faculty
  • Learn about NOAA and NOAA-CREST sciences
  • Exciting career and paid internship opportunities
  • Enjoy door prizes, lunch and fun-filled activities

 

NOAA-CREST and NESDIS/STAR Joint Technical and Advisory Board Meeting - May 7, 2015

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
2014 Awards

CIMSS Logo 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.

Bob Kuligowski
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.


Latest STAR Publications

Updated: Mon, 11 Jan 2016

Title:
Effect of self-apodization correction on Cross-track Infrared Sounder radiance noise
Authors:
Han Y, Suwinski L, Tobin D and Chen Y
Journal:
Applied Optics 54(34):10114-10122.
DOI: 10.1364/ao.54.010114
Date:
Dec 1 2015
Title:
Assessing relative resilience potential of coral reefs to inform management
Authors:
Maynard JA, McKagan S, Raymundo L, Johnson S, Ahmadia GN, Johnston L, Houk P, Williams GJ, Kendall M, et al.
Journal:
Biological Conservation 192:109-119.
DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.09.001
Date:
Dec 2015
Title:
Retrieving Layer-Averaged Tropospheric Humidity From Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder Water Vapor Channels
Authors:
Moradi I, Ferraro RR, Soden BJ, Eriksson P and Arkin P
Journal:
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 53(12):6675-6688.
DOI: 10.1109/tgrs.2015.2445832
Date:
Dec 2015
Title:
Amplitude and Dilation Compensation of the SAR Altimeter Backscattered Power
Authors:
Ray C, Roca M, Martin-Puig C, Escola R and Garcia A
Journal:
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 12(12):2473-2476.
DOI: 10.1109/lgrs.2015.2485119
Date:
Dec 2015
Title:
Estimation and Correction of Geolocation Errors in FengYun-3C Microwave Radiation Imager Data
Authors:
Tang F, Zou X, Yang H and Weng F
Journal:
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 54(1):407-420.
DOI: 10.1109/tgrs.2015.2458851
Date:
Jan 2016
Title:
Use of Allan Deviation for Characterizing Satellite Microwave Sounder Noise Equivalent Differential Temperature (NEDT)
Authors:
Tian M, Zou X and Weng F
Journal:
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 12(12):2477-2480.
DOI: 10.1109/lgrs.2015.2485945
Date:
Dec 2015
Title:
Implications of the Observed Relationship between Tropical Cyclone Size and Intensity over the Western North Pacific
Authors:
Wu L, Tian W, Liu Q, Cao J and Knaff JA
Journal:
Journal of Climate 28(24):9501-9506.
DOI: 10.1175/jcli-d-15-0628.1
Date:
Dec 2015
Title:
An assessment of impacts of land-cover changes on root-zone soil moisture
Authors:
Yin J, Zheng Y, Zhan X, Hain CR, Zhai Q, Duan C, Wu R, Liu J and Fang L
Journal:
International Journal of Remote Sensing 36(24):6116-6134.
DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2015.1111539
Date:
Dec 20 2015
Title:
Development and validation of the global surface type data product from S-NPP VIIRS
Authors:
Zhang R, Huang C, Zhan X, Dai Q and Song K
Journal:
Remote Sensing Letters 7(1):51-60.
DOI: 10.1080/2150704x.2015.1101649
Date:
Jan 2 2016

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