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.
NOAA View Brings STAR Data Products To Life
November 8, 2013 - Today the NOAA Visualization Lab launched NOAA View, a dynamic data visualization portal developed by STAR and the NOAA Visualization Lab. NOAA View integrates over 60 different datasets, including views of wind, coral bleaching, ice cover, vegetation, precipitation, and the Earth at night. The NOAA View portal provides a single entry point for exploring NOAA data from satellites, models, and in-situ analyses, enabling seamless browsing, animation, and data download capabilities. NOAA View illustrates our dynamic planet, letting users select views of the world, data inputs, and time periods to observe the Earth. Explore now
STAR Launches New ICVS Long Term Monitoring Site
October 28, 2013 - The STAR ICVS-Long Term Monitoring website displays instrument performance monitoring metrics from Suomi NPP, MetOp-A & B, NOAA-18 & 19, GOES 13 & 15, and DMSP satellites, delivering data from 28 different instruments. STAR instrument teams and web developers launched the redesigned interface Sept. 26. ICVS generates over 3000 new images per day and provides valuable instrument status data to stakeholders at NOAA, NASA, private sector partners and satellite data users all over the world. Fuzhong Weng says: "The user community can effectively utilize the satellite information to advance their skill in predicting severe weather and monitoring climate change and environmental hazards." Visit ICVS.
NOAA's Mark DeMaria gets White House visit with President
October 25, 2013 - Mark DeMaria was included among 27 winners and finalists of the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, or Sammies, which honor federal employees who have made significant contributions to America. DeMaria has for the past 30 years created models to better forecast the path and intensity of hurricanes. They are used by emergency managers to make critical decisions about evacuations and first responder storm preparation efforts, saving lives, homes and businesses. Read more.
New VIIRS Ocean Color Algorithm Gets Cover
September 20, 2013 - Menghua Wang & Lide Jiang's new paper is the cover article for September 20's edition of Applied Optics. Wang and Jiang have developed a new algorithm for identifying stray light and cloud shadow pixels in VIIRS ocean color data processing. With the new algorithm, they have significantly improved VIIRS ocean color data quality and data coverage. Read more.
Cheng-Zhi Zou Honored with 2013 NOAA Administrator's Award
August 21, 2013 - STAR scientist Dr. Cheng-Zhi Zou received a 2013 NOAA Administrator's Award for developing a science-quality long-term dataset of upper atmospheric temperatures from NOAA's microwave and infrared satellite measurements. Dr. Zou's work focused on generating climate data records using observations from the Microwave Sounding Unit, Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit, and Stratospheric Sounding Unit onboard NOAA's historical and current polar-orbiting satellites since the late 1970s. Read more.
November 8, 2013 - STAR's ICVS instrument monitoring
teams captured the data 'footprint' of an unusual partial solar eclipse
on November 3. STAR scientist Yong Chen and ICVS instrument team members
recently discovered artifacts of Sunday's eclipse in instrument
monitoring images from the Suomi NPP CrIS, OMPS, and VIIRS instruments.
STAR's Yong Chen explained that the 'footprint' of the November 3
eclipse was captured in an ICVS instrument performance image using the
4.3µm CO2 of Non-Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium (NLTE)
effect. Read more.
November 18, 2013 - The Suomi NPP VIIRS Aerosol Science and Operational
User Workshop is being held at NCWCP on November 21 & 22, co-hosted by STAR.