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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.

Cover story in Nature - Reefs Under Threat - 20 Year Assessment Reveals Devastating Effect of Coral Bleaching STAR GOES-16 First Light Image, all 16 bands Brad Pierce, NOAA Administrators Award MODIS image of Atmospheric Gravity Waves over the Atlantic Ocean

CoralReefWatch Team Contributes to Coral Bleaching Study Featured in Nature

15 March 2017 - Today's Nature features a cover story on the 2015-2016 severe coral bleaching. Triggered by rising temperatures, this is part of the third global-scale event since mass bleaching was first documented in the 1980s. The STAR CoralReefWatch team, led by Mark Eakin, co-authored this important and alarming study, which examines how and why the severity of recurrent major bleaching events has varied at multiple scales, using aerial and underwater surveys of Australian reefs combined with satellite-derived sea surface temperatures. Paper in Nature; CoralReefWatch site.

STAR's Dan Lindsey Wins NOAA-David Johnson Award

10 March 2017 - The National Space Club and Foundation presented Dan Lindsey of CoRP / RAMMB with the NOAA-David Johnson Award "for his innovative contributions to the exploitation of satellite imagery, from super rapid-scan imaging to the visualization of simulated cloud and moisture imagery of high impact environmental phenomena ranging from severe local storms to tropical cyclones..." STAR congratulates Dan and his team, on whose behalf he accepted the award. Press release, Awards ceremony.

STAR Scientists Produce First Light Image From GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager

1 February 2017 - The ABI Imagery Team lead by STAR produced the First Light Images which were released to the press on 23 January 2017. This 16-panel image shows the continental United States in the two visible, four near-infrared, and 10 infrared channels on ABI. These channels enable us to distinguish among clouds, water vapor, smoke, ice and volcanic ash. GOES-16 has three times more spectral channels than earlier generations of GOES satellites. Read more.

Brad Pierce Receives the Prestigious NOAA Administrators Award

15 November 2016 - Brad Pierce from the Advanced Satellite Products Branch received the prestigious 2016 NOAA Administrators award at a ceremony that was held on 15 November 2016 in Silver Spring, MD. He received the award "For providing robust, real-time, simulated data of next generation geostationary satellite images, reducing risk in post-launch operations". STAR congratulates Brad for his excellent work.

Atmospheric Gravity Waves over the Atlantic Ocean

3 October 2016 - On April 27, 2016, a striking true-color image acquired by MODIS NASA's Aqua satellite showed several groups of very well structured arc cloud patterns, indicating atmospheric gravity waves, aligned in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean between South America and Africa, extending over 2,000 km. The unique feature of this observation is that the scale of the atmospheric gravity waves are an order of a magnitude larger than previously reported in the literature. The August issue of Acta Oceanologica Sinica featured this image on its cover, which was submitted by STAR's Xiaofeng Li and several co-authors. Read more.

GEO Blue Planet Symposium at NCWCP
31 May to 2 June 2017

banner: 3rd Blue Planet Symposium

4 April 2017 - The 3rd GEO Blue Planet Symposium will serve as a forum for discussion of information needs resulting from the important role the oceans play in Earth's life-support system and the challenge of minimizing the impacts of human activities on the oceans while utilizing the resources of the oceans to meet our needs.

NOAA and the University of Maryland are sponsoring the symposium, and STAR's Paul DiGiacomo is Co-Chair of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative. Visit the website to register or submit an abstract:

March Blizzard Sweeps the Northeast

Microwave Snowfall Rate animation, March 13-15, 2017
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16 March 2017 - A significant late-winter storm swept through the northeast U.S. this past week, dropping as much as 4 feet of on northern New York and New England, closing airports and businesses. This snowfall rate animation shows the passive microwave snowfall rate product. This product uses data from ATMS and AMSU-A/MHS pairs, located aboard: S- NPP, NOAA-18, NOAA-19, Metop-A, and Metop-B. Developed by a team of scientists at STAR and CICS-MD: H. Meng, R. Ferraro, J. Dong, C. Kongoli, and N.-Y. Wang along with B. Yan and L. Zhao from OSPO. The animation was made by Patrick Meyers of CICS-MD.

JPSS Reprocessing Workshop Final Report Issued

2 February 2017 - The JPSS Reprocessing Workshop took place at ESSIC on 17-18 May 2016. There was good participation from STAR JPSS SDR and EDR teams, NCEI, and outside users, particularly NWP users. The meeting provided an opportunity to review Suomi NPP instrument and sensor data performance and prepare for JPSS-1 launch and post-launch activities. The SDR and EDR teams demonstrated improvements to their algorithms that will be implemented during reprocessing, as well as the operational impacts of these changes. More information; Final report, (PDF, 17.4 MB).

Latest STAR Publications

Updated: Fri, 17 Mar 2017

Characterization of Long-Term Stability of Suomi NPP Cross-Track Infrared Sounder Spectral Calibration
Chen Y, Han Y and Weng FZ
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 55(2):1147-1159.
DOI: 10.1109/tgrs.2016.2620438
Feb 2017
Development of a Mid-Infrared Sea and Lake Ice Index (MISI) Using the GOES Imager
Dorofy P, Nazari R, Romanov P and Key J
Remote Sensing 8(12)
DOI: 10.3390/rs8121015
Dec 2016
Global warming and recurrent mass bleaching of corals
Hughes TP, Kerry JT, Álvarez-Noriega M, Álvarez-Romero JG, Anderson KD, Baird AH, Babcock RC, Beger M, Bellwood DR, et al.
Nature 543(7645):373-377.
DOI: 10.1038/nature21707
Mar 16 2017
The floating Sargassum (Phaeophyceae) of the South Atlantic Ocean - likely scenarios
Sissini MN, de Barros Barreto MBB, Menezes Szechy MT, de Lucena MB, Oliveira MC, Gower J, Liu G, de Oliveira Bastos E, Milstein D, et al.
Phycologia 56(3):321-328.
DOI: 10.2216/16-92.1
May 2017
Managing living marine resources in a dynamic environment: The role of seasonal to decadal climate forecasts
Tommasi D, Stock CA, Hobday AJ, Methot R, Kaplan IC, Eveson JP, Holsman K, Miller TJ, Gaichas S, et al.
Progress in Oceanography 152:15-49.
DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2016.12.011
Mar 2017
Excess seawater nutrients, enlarged algal symbiont densities and bleaching sensitive reef locations: 2. A regional-scale predictive model for the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Wooldridge SA, Heron SF, Brodie JE, Done TJ, Masiri I and Hinrichs S
Marine Pollution Bulletin 114(1):343-354.
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.09.045
Jan 15 2017

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