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SMC ShieldSatellite Meteorology and Climatology Division

Mission Statement

SMCD conducts research and develops new satellite products to improve and expand the use of satellite data for monitoring global meteorological, environmental and climatological conditions. The Division conducts an end-to-end program ranging from planning new satellite instruments to developing new satellite products and applications and transitioning these developments to operations in NOAA's weather, climate, and environmental monitoring and prediction systems.

Satellite sensor data and products developed in SMCD falls in the following discipline areas:

  • Advanced Microwave Sounding Technology (ATMS) sensor data record
  • Cross-Track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) sensor data record
  • Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensor data record
  • Ozone Mapping & Profiler Suite (OMPS) sensor data record
  • Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) level 1 and 2 products
  • Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit level 1 and level 2 products
  • Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) level 1 and 2 products
  • Climate data records from satellites (e.g. MSU/SSU and SBUV2)

Satellite environmental data and products developed in SMCD falls in the following discipline areas:

  • Atmospheric variables - temperature, humidity, winds
  • Land surface variables – soil moisture, vegetation, surface temperature, surface albedo, surface type
  • Hydrological variables – precipitation, cloud water, rain water, graupel, hail, snow, total water
  • Environmental hazards - aviation hazards, air quality, fires, flash floods, drought
  • Climate variables - ozone, Earth radiation budget, aerosols, greenhouse gases

In addition to developing new and improved sensor and environmental products, SMCD also conducts the following crosscutting activities to support the broad NOAA missions:

  • Community Radiative Transfer Model (CRTM)
  • Global Space Based Inter-calibration System (GSICS)
  • Integrated Calibration and Validation System (ICVS)
  • Enterprise Algorithm for Satellite Common Ground System
 

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