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8 March 2020 - The morning of March 8, NOAA detected three fires in northern Virginia which were sending smoke clouds into D.C. and Maryland. The source of the smoke was controlled burns being conducted by the U.S. Forestry Service. NOAA was able to detect these fires and trace the paths of their smoke plumes using the GOES-16 satellite. With this technology, NOAA serves the public by alerting them to these poor air quality events and can track what areas are affected by them. Read more.

 

Alejandro Egido wins David Johnson AwardAlejandro Egido wins the 2020 NOAA David Johnson Award

17 December 2019 - Congratulations to Dr. Alejandro Egido, 2020 Dave Johnson Award recipient. Dr. Egido is being honored March 20th, 2020, at the Robert Goddard Memorial Dinner for his novel analytic technique which improves along-track resolution of high-rate satellite radar altimeters.

The award is presented to young professionals for outstanding innovation in the use of satellite data for operational environmental applications. Recent past STAR recipients include Scott D. Rudlosky, 2018, Dan Lindsey, 2017, and Dr. Michael J. Pavolonis, 2015.

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Paul DiGiacomo wins GEO AwardPaul M. DiGiacomo, A champion for oceans and waters

4 December 2019 - In early November, 2019, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) convened its annual plenary meeting, GEO Week 2019, in Canberra, Australia. During a special awards ceremony held during GEO Week 2019, Dr. Paul DiGiacomo (Chief, Satellite Oceanography & Climatology Division) was awarded the GEO Individual Excellence Award. The GEO Individual Excellence Award is awarded to individuals who have gone above and beyond in fulfilling GEO's mission by making real-world impacts to the GEO community, while demonstrating extraordinary personal commitment to GEO.

Congratulations to Paul for this global recognition of your steadfast leadership. Learn more

 

12 November 2019 - This video was commissioned by STAR in conjunction with the 70th International Astronautical Congress held in Washington DC from October 21 to 25 2019. It features STAR Director Harry Cikanek, SMCD Director Satya Kalluri, STAR Principal Scientist Sid Boukabara, STAR Physical Scientist and altimetry expert Deirdre Byrne and STAR Physical Scientist and GLM specialist Scott Rudlosky talking about ways that STAR transforms satellite information into useful products for the Nation and indeed the world. Learn more.



CIMSS NOFO Grant OpportunityCompetition for Cooperative Institute For Meteorological Satellite Studies

11 November 2019 - NOAA issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to create a new Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. The NOFO can be viewed on grants.gov at opportunity number: NOAA-NESDIS-NESDISPO-2020-2006307.


AI Workshop Brings Together Environmental Science and AI / ML Expert Communities

AI Workshop Group Photo - 23 April 2019

NOAA hosted the 1st Workshop on Leveraging AI in the Exploitation of Satellite Earth Observations & Numerical Weather Prediction at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, MD on 23-25 April 2019. The objective of the workshop was to facilitate exchange of knowledge between experts and thought leaders in remote sensing / earth observation / NWP modeling science and artificial intelligence, to explore using AI to address NOAA's biggest challenges in effectively using the explosion of data from new Global Observing System sources. Read more about the workshop.


Matt Pennybacker Wins Best Paper Award

Matthew Pennybacker accepts SPIE Best Paper Award

10 May 2019 - This year's SPIE Ocean Sensing and Monitoring conference's Best Paper Award for excellence in research and presentation was awarded to Matthew Pennybacker of NOAA for "Mitigation of the GOES-17 ABI performance issues in the NOAA ACSPO SST products". Read more.


Latest STAR Publications

Updated: Wed, 20 May 2020

Title:
Hyperspectral polarimetric imaging of the water surface and retrieval of water optical parameters from multi-angular polarimetric data
Authors:
Gilerson A, Carrizo C, Ibrahim A, Foster R, Harmel T, El-Habashi A, Lee Z, Yu XL, Ladner S, et al.
Journal:
Applied Optics 59(10):C8-C20.
DOI: 10.1364/ao.59.0000c8
Date:
Apr 2020
Title:
On the Interplay Between Ocean Color Data Quality and Data Quantity: Impacts of Quality Control Flags
Authors:
Hu C, Barnes BB, Feng L, Wang MH and Jiang LD
Journal:
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 17(5):745-749.
DOI: 10.1109/lgrs.2019.2936220
Date:
May 2020
Title:
GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager visible near-infrared channel low-light signal-to-noise ratio
Authors:
Iacovazzi R and Wu X
Journal:
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 14(02):026502.
DOI: 10.1117/1.Jrs.14.026502
Date:
Apr 2020
Title:
Multidecadal Arctic sea ice thickness and volume derived from ice age
Authors:
Liu YH, Key JR, Wang XJ and Tschudi M
Journal:
Cryosphere 14(4):1325-1345.
DOI: 10.5194/tc-14-1325-2020
Date:
Apr 2020
Title:
Incorporating environmental data in abundance-based algorithms for deriving phytoplankton size classes in the Atlantic Ocean
Authors:
Moore TS and Brown CW
Journal:
Remote Sensing of Environment 240
DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2020.111689
Date:
Apr 2020
Title:
Seamless retrievals of chlorophyll-a from Sentinel-2 (MSI) and Sentinel-3 (OLCI) in inland and coastal waters: A machine-learning approach
Authors:
Pahlevan N, Smith B, Schalles J, Binding C, Cao CY, Ma RH, Alikas K, Kangro K, Gurlin D, et al.
Journal:
Remote Sensing of Environment 240
DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.111604
Date:
Apr 2020
Title:
Consistency and structural uncertainty of multi-mission GPS radio occultation records
Authors:
Steiner AK, Ladstadter F, Ao CO, Gleisner H, Ho SP, Hunt D, Schmidt T, Foelsche U, Kirchengast G, et al.
Journal:
Atmos. Meas. Tech. 13(5):2547-2575.
DOI: 10.5194/amt-13-2547-2020
Date:
May 2020

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