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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.

2014 Dept. of Commerce Gold and Silver Medal Honorees STAR 2015 Distinguished Career Award Winners Mike Pavolonis Receives NOAA’s David S. Johnson Award Ferraro and Kuligowski Honored with NOAA Technology Transfer Award Short-Term Prediction of Fall Foliage Coloration from VIIRS Data Improved Gravity Map Reveals New Mountains Under the Sea

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.

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.

Improved Gravity Map Reveals New Mountains Under the Sea

October 3, 2014 - An international team of remote sensing scientists that includes W.H.F. Smith of the STAR Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry developed a new global marine gravity map that is twice as accurate as previous models. Published October 3 in the journal Science, the new map reveals significant new seafloor features, including an extinct spreading ridge in the Gulf of Mexico, a major propagating rift in the South Atlantic, and as many as 25,000 previously uncharted 1.5km tall seamounts. These discoveries allow us to understand regional tectonic processes and highlight the importance of satellite-derived gravity models as a primary tool in the investigation of ocean bottom regions. 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
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.


 

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

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: Mon, 01 Dec 2014

Title:
Modelling radar-rainfall estimation uncertainties using elliptical and Archimedean copulas with different marginal distributions
Authors:
Dai Q, Han D, Rico-Ramirez MA and Islam T
Journal:
Hydrological Sciences Journal-Journal Des Sciences Hydrologiques 59(11):1992-2008.
DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2013.865841
Date:
Sep 28 2014
Title:
A review on ice fog measurements and modeling
Authors:
Gultepe I, Zhou B, Milbrandt J, Bott A, Li Y, Heymsfield AJ, Ferrier B, Ware R, Pavolonis M, et al.
Journal:
Atmospheric Research 151:2-19.
DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2014.04.014
Date:
Jan 2015
Title:
Remote sensing of cloud top pressure/height from SEVIRI: analysis of ten current retrieval algorithms
Authors:
Hamann U, Walther A, Baum B, Bennartz R, Bugliaro L, Derrien M, Francis PN, Heidinger A, Joro S, et al.
Journal:
Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 7(9):2839-2867.
DOI: 10.5194/amt-7-2839-2014
Date:
Sep 2014
Title:
Modeling and forecasting the distribution of Vibrio vulnificus in Chesapeake Bay
Authors:
Jacobs JM, Rhodes M, Brown CW, Hood RR, Leight A, Long W and Wood R
Journal:
Journal of Applied Microbiology 117(5):1312-1327.
DOI: 10.1111/jam.12624
Date:
Nov 2014
Title:
Arctic sea ice in transformation: A review of recent observed changes and impacts on biology and human activity
Authors:
Meier WN, Hovelsrud GK, van Oort BEH, Key JR, Kovacs KM, Michel C, Haas C, Granskog MA, Gerland S, et al.
Journal:
Reviews of Geophysics 52(3):185-217.
DOI: 10.1002/2013rg000431
Date:
Sept 2014
Title:
New global marine gravity model from CryoSat-2 and Jason-1 reveals buried tectonic structure
Authors:
Sandwell DT, Muller RD, Smith WHF, Garcia E and Francis R
Journal:
Science 346(6205):65-67.
DOI: 10.1126/science.1258213
Date:
October 3, 2014
Title:
Applications of an AMSR-E RFI Detection and Correction Algorithm in 1-DVAR over Land
Authors:
Wu Y and Weng F
Journal:
Journal of Meteorological Research 28(4):645-655.
DOI: 10.1007/s13351-014-3075-x
Date:
Aug 2014
Title:
An in situ-satellite blended analysis of global sea surface salinity
Authors:
Xie P, Boyer T, Bayler E, Xue Y, Byrne D, Reagan J, Locarnini R, Sun F, Joyce R, et al.
Journal:
Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 119(9):6140-6160.
DOI: 10.1002/2014jc010046
Date:
Sep 2014
Title:
Connecting the Time Series of Microwave Sounding Observations from AMSU to ATMS for Long-Term Monitoring of Climate
Authors:
Zou X, Weng F and Yang H
Journal:
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 31(10):2206-2222.
DOI: 10.1175/jtech-d-13-00232.1
Date:
Oct 2014

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