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.
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.
March Blizzard Sweeps the Northeast
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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 and C. Kongoli
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).
2016 Gold Medal Award Winners -
Tom Smith and Ken Pryor
27 September 2016 - STAR's Tom Smith (CoRP / SCSB)
and Ken Pryor (SMCD / OPDB) were honored today with Dept. of Commerce Gold Medal awards for
Scientific and Engineering Achievement. The highest honor award of the DOC, the Gold Medal has
been presented since 1949 by the Secretary of Commerce for distinguished performance.
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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jan 15 2017
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