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2022 CoRP Science Symposium - participant group photo in front of CIRA

2022 Cooperative Research Programs (CoRP) Science Symposium

24 Aug 2022 - This year's CoRP Science Symposium was held at CIRA, Fort Collins, Colorado, from 25-27 July 2022. The Symposium had 68 participants from NOAA/NESDIS, NESDIS Cooperative Institutes (CI), and CI-affiliated students, postdocs, and junior scientists. The Symposium is part of a larger strategy to promote federal and academic partnerships/ collaborations. More about the symposium - Symposium website

 
GOES-T Launch Success - photo of Atlas rocket carrying GOES-T satellite during liftoff

GOES-T Launch Success

1 March 2022 - NOAA’s GOES-T, the third in a series of four advanced geostationary weather satellites, blasted into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket at 4:38 p.m. EST on March 1 from NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

GOES-T will become operational as GOES West and track destructive wildfires, lightning, Pacific Ocean-based storms, dense fog, and other hazards that threaten the U.S. West Coast, Hawaii and Alaska. It will also monitor solar activity and space weather to provide early warnings of disruptions to power grids, communications and navigation systems.

STAR teammates contributed to this launch's success and will be involved in the post-launch testing, ongoing cal/val work and operational implementation of the satellite and its data.

 
ABI Blended 'High Wind Event' Imagery Composite

ABI Blended 'High Wind Event' Imagery Composite

STAR Shines at AMS 2022

18 February 2022 - STAR sends a full complement of presenters to the AMS Conference every year, and STAR’s tradition of participation continued at the 2022 conference. AMS 2022: “Environmental Security: weather, water and climate for a more secure world” ran from 23-27 January as a 100% virtual conference due to concerns about Omicron. AMS 2022 featured an eye-popping 638 sessions, 2,454 talks, and 976 posters.

The STAR Science Seminar Series has published a set of one-page summaries from STAR and CIMSS AMS contributors including 43 talks and 8 posters. There were nearly 100 STAR contributors to these talks and posters, which is 30% of STAR’s entire staff roster! Topics included restoring satellite instruments to full use after anomalies, product improvements in precipitation, rainfall, snow measurement, sea ice, and winds; AI applications in data assimilation; detection of blowing dust from imagery; new user training activities; even the creation of a GOES image displaying the plumes of gas & heat from rockets. The breadth of STAR AMS contributions is impressive, and we thank all the contributors!

 

STAR 2021 Annual ReportSTAR 2021 Annual Report

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.

 


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.




Latest STAR Publications

Updated: Wed, 24 Aug 2022

Title:
Pronounced increases in nitrogen emissions and deposition due to the historic 2020 wildfires in the western US
Authors:
Campbell PC, Tong DN, Saylor R, Li YY, Ma SQ, Zhang XY, Kondragunta S and Li FJ
Journal:
Science of the Total Environment 839
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156130
Date:
Sep 2022
Title:
S-NPP VIIRS Lunar Calibrations over 10 Years in Reflective Solar Bands (RSB)
Authors:
Choi TY, Cao CY, Shao X and Wang WH
Journal:
Remote Sensing 14(14)
DOI: 10.3390/rs14143367
Date:
Jul 2022
Title:
JPSS VIIRS SST Reanalysis Version 3
Authors:
Jonasson O, Ignatov A, Pryamitsyn V, Petrenko B and Kihai Y
Journal:
Remote Sensing 14(14)
DOI: 10.3390/rs14143476
Date:
Jul 2022
Title:
A Retrospective Satellite Analysis of the June 2012 North American Derecho
Authors:
Pryor K and Demoz B
Journal:
Remote Sensing 14(14)
DOI: 10.3390/rs14143479
Date:
Jul 2022
Title:
Biological dipole mode indices: New parameters to characterize the physical and biological processes of the Indian Ocean Dipole event
Authors:
Shi W and Wang MH
Journal:
Progress in Oceanography 206
DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2022.102847
Date:
Aug 2022
Title:
Geolocation Assessment and Optimization for OMPS Nadir Mapper: Methodology
Authors:
Wang LK, Pan CH, Yan BH, Beck T, Chen JY, Zhou LH, Kalluri S and Goldberg M
Journal:
Remote Sensing 14(13)
DOI: 10.3390/rs14133040
Date:
Jul 2022
Title:
New Reprocessing towards Life-Time Quality-Consistent Suomi NPP OMPS Nadir Sensor Data Records (SDR): Calibration Improvements and Impact Assessments on Long-Term Quality Stability of OMPS SDR Data Sets
Authors:
Yan BH, Pan CH, Beck T, Jin X, Wang LK, Liang D, Flynn L, Chen JY, Huang JF, et al.
Journal:
Remote Sensing 14(13)
DOI: 10.3390/rs14133125
Date:
Jul 2022
Title:
Verification and Validation of the COSMIC-2 Excess Phase and Bending Angle Algorithms for Data Quality Assurance at STAR
Authors:
Zhang B, Ho SP, Cao CY, Shao X, Dong J and Chen Y
Journal:
Remote Sensing 14(14)
DOI: 10.3390/rs14143288
Date:
Jul 2022

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