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17 December 2021 - STAR published their 2021 Annual Report this week. This report highlights the variety of our work - hurricane predictions, ocean temperatures, launching new satellites, restoring old satellites, artificial intelligence, volcanoes, drought - STAR's work touches every part of NOAA's remote sensing missions.


Shobha KondraguntaShobha Kondragunta’s Banner Year

29 October 2021 - STAR's Shobha Kondragunta's timely work on COVID-driven emissions changes, which included 9 research articles, a website, an article in AGU's EOS and print media coverage, has earned a bumper crop of awards and recognition, including:

  • DOC Administrator's Award
  • Two NOAA Bronze Medals
  • the 2021 NESDIS Collaboration Award
  • Read more

STAR Research Cracks 100,000 Citations

STAR Bibliometrics infographic3 August 2021 - STAR's body of research since 2004, comprising over 2500 papers, reports, books, & datasets in over 300 journals, just surpassed 100,000 citations this last month. More about STAR research.


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.

GOES-17 ABI Captures Hunga-Tonga Eruption

GOES-17 satellite image: Eruption of underwater volcano Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai on 15 January 2022 at 4:10 UTC. Location: 20.55 deg S 175.38 deg W
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18 January 2022 - At 4:10 UTC on 15 January 2022, the Hunga-Tonga Volcano in the South Pacific erupted. The eruption occurred about 40 miles north of Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa on Tongatapu, the country's main island. Tonga consists of 170 islands scattered over about 700,000 sq km. The archipelago is located east of Australia and northeast of New Zealand. About 100,000 people live in Tonga, the bulk of them on Tongatapu Island.

The underwater volcano Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai eruption caused waves over 3' to crash into Tonga. Local authorities have confirmed at least one death and communications are crippled due to damage to fiber optic cables, making it difficult to establish the scale of damage. A magnitude 4.0 earthquake accompanied the eruption.

The GOES-17 ABI captured images of the eruption, as seen in this video. The initial dust cloud from the eruption spanned more than 400 miles wide. Tsunami watches were issued to Pacific coastal areas by the National Weather Service, with surf observed to be several feet above expected levels in the Pacific Northwest.

STAR Welcomes New Acting Director Mark Paese

Mark Paese, STAR Acting Director 1 January 2022 - STAR welcomes NESDIS' own Mark Paese to the Acting Director role, which he will hold until a permanent hire is named. At NESDIS, Mark serves as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services at NESDIS HQ and the Acting Director of the Office of Space Commerce.

Latest STAR Publications

Updated: Tue, 18 Jan 2022

Emergent properties in the responses of tropical corals to recurrent climate extremes
Hughes TP, Kerry JT, Connolly SR, Alvarez-Romero JG, Eakin CM, Heron SF, Gonzalez MA and Moneghetti J
Current Biology 31(23):5393-+.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.10.046
Dec 2021
Progress in protecting air travel from volcanic ash clouds
Mastin L, Pavolonis M, Engwell S, Clarkson R, Witham C, Brock G, Lisk I, Guffanti M, Tupper A, et al.
Bulletin of Volcanology 84(1)
DOI: 10.1007/s00445-021-01511-x
Jan 2022
Monitoring and characterizing multi-decadal variations of urban thermal condition using time-series thermal remote sensing and dynamic land cover data
Xian G, Shi H, Zhou Q, Auch R, Gallo K, Wu Z and Kolian M
Remote Sensing of Environment 269:112803.
DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2021.112803
Feb 2022
Radiometric calibration accuracy and stability of GOES-16 ABI Infrared radiance
Yu F, Wu X, Yoo H, Qian H, Shao X, Wang Z and Iacovazzi R
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 15(4):1-28.
DOI: 10.1117/1.JRS.15.048504
Dec 2021

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