STAR Teams Push JSTAR Products to Provisional Status
VIIRS True Color Image of Great Lakes from J2 - 12 April 2023
20 April 2023 -
As a consequence of the JSTAR SDR and VIIRS EDR Cal/Val teams' efforts,
a number of important J2 datasets reached provisional maturity level
and are now available to users. This declaration coincides with the
NOAA-21 Handover Review March 29/30. The JSTAR teams worked extremely
hard to achieve this milestone and were recognized for their efforts
by the handover review team.
NOAA-21 First Light Images
The STAR VIIRS SDR team has produced
first light imagery from the VIIRS visible bands. The image shows
true color imagery from December 5. The VIIRS visible/near infrared
bands were the second instrument to be activated, with the VIIRS
thermal bands, CRIS, and OMPS to follow in February.
16 March 2023 -
The STAR JPSS SDR teams have released first light imagery for
four of its advanced instruments - VIIRS, CRIS, ATMS, and OMPS,
aboard NOAA-21. NOAA-21, which is the third satellite in the
JPSS series, was launched on November 21, 2022. It will
provide continuity for weather forecasters and the
broader environmental monitoring community.
The release of this imagery marked a significant milestone
for NOAA-21 and for the scientific community as a whole. The
data collected by these instruments will be used to advance
our understanding of the Earth's environment and inform policy
decisions on issues such as climate change and natural resource management. With this groundbreaking technology at their fingertips, scientists and researchers around the world are poised to make new discoveries and advance our understanding of the world around us.