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not official operational NOAA products.
NPP/JPSS Satellite Instruments
Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) has multi-band imaging capabilities
to support the acquisition of high-resolution atmospheric imagery and
generation of a variety of applied products including visible and infrared
imaging of hurricanes and detection of fires, smoke, and atmospheric
Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) is the first in a series of
advanced operational sounders that will provide more accurate, detailed
atmospheric temperature and moisture observations for weather and climate
applications. This information will help significantly improve climate
prediction and both short-term weather "nowcasting" and longer-term
Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder
(ATMS) operates in conjunction with the CrIS to profile
atmospheric temperature and moisture. Higher (spatial, temporal and
spectral) resolution and more accurate sounding data from CrIS and ATMS
supports continuing advances in data assimilation systems and NWP models to
improve short- to medium-range weather forecasts.
Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite
(OMPS) measures the concentration of ozone in the
atmosphere, providing information on how ozone concentration varies with
altitude. Data from OMPS continues three decades of climate
measurements of this important parameter used in global climate models.
The OMPS measurements also fulfill the U.S. treaty obligation to monitor
global ozone concentrations with no gaps in coverage.
Cloud and Earth Radiant Energy System
(CERES) seeks to develop and improve weather forecast and
climate models prediction, to provide measurements of the space and time
distribution of the Earth's Radiation Budget components. The observations
from CERES are essential to understanding the effect of clouds on the
energy balance (energy coming in from the sun and radiating out from the
earth), which is one of the largest sources of uncertainty in our modeling
of the climate.