2nd NOAA AI Workshop a Resounding Success
9 April 2021 - NOAA hosted the 2nd Workshop on Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences virtually from 30 July 2020 through 25 February 2021. The purpose of the workshop was to exchange ideas and experiences, discuss the future potential and limitations of AI as related to environmental sciences, and review AI-enabling technology, tools, and applications. The workshop featured technical talks, poster sessions, and panel discussions given by scientists from private, academic, and government institutions from the US and abroad. Read more.
NOAA satellites follow the smoke journey
8 October 2020 - STAR's Shobha Kondragunta and collaborators at South Dakota State University provided data and graphics on the west coast fires to a reporter at Mother Jones. The reporter requested smoke emissions data for fires in California, Oregon, and Washington through NESDIS HQ. STAR provided data for the entire 2020 season and also prepared figures to help the writer better understand the issues. Mother Jones published the article "These 5 Stats Show Just How Devastating California's Wildfires Have Been – So Far" on September 24, 2020. The figure at right shows the scale of the issue and helps explain how unprecedented the fire emissions have been. Read more.
GOES Team honored with Gears of Government Award
16 September 2020 - STAR congratulates the winners of the Gears of Government Award. 15 DOC nominations met the program's criteria for the agency-level award, and out of those nominations, one group has been selected for the prestigious President's Award: Pam Sullivan (GOES), Dan Lindsey (GOES, formerly STAR), Harry Cikanek, Joseph Pica (NCEI), and Vanessa Griffin (OSAAP).
This team was recognized for: "Restoring the functionality of NOAA's new weather satellite following a visibility defect. The team's innovative techniques and coordinated approach restored the satellite's ability to observe critical weather conditions across the Western Hemisphere, such as hurricanes, fires, and volcanic activity, with minimal data loss, restoring the value of the nation's $1 billion investment." Read 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.
8 February 2021 - Abstract submission is now open for the second international Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium (OSOS-2) to be held in a virtual format, on 25-27 May 2021. Co-organised by EUMETSAT and STAR, this Symposium will focus on the use of satellite data in coupled numerical models for ocean, weather, climate and environment analysis and prediction, and in operational applications for coastal waters.
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