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February 12, 2024

Focus on Climate Services at the 2024 American Meteorology Society (AMS) Annual Meeting

27 STAR Scientists Presented


The goal of the meeting was to leverage society’s collective strengths to define the steps and scientific advances necessary to minimize the impacts of climate change and engage policy makers and the public in that work.

• NESDIS AMS 2024 Presentations

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February 12, 2024

NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) presents at 34th Annual Steamboat Weather Summit

Invited Speaker Dr. Derek Manzello Speaks on Record-Setting Ocean Warming Impacts


Dr. Manzello gave an hour-long presentation highlighting the severity of the 2023 marine heatwaves that impacted the wider Caribbean and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, causing unprecedentedly severe mass coral bleaching.

Dr. Derek Manzello speaks at Steamboat Weather Summit, January 2024

February 12, 2024

STAR Scientists Support Operationalization of NOAA-21 Wind & Ice Products

Cryosphere Products Achieve Validated Maturity


The JPSS Program review on 25 January 2024 found that Polar Winds, Ice Thickness/Age, and Snow Cover products supported by STAR and CIMSS colleagues exceeded the requirements for Provisional Maturity stage and are now declared Validated Maturity, ready for operational use.

VIIRS Polar Winds Viewed over the Antarctic, September 2023

February 12, 2024

STAR Scientists Test New Ocean Wind and Ice Products In Alaska

Winter 2024 Ocean Winds and Ice Flight (OWW) Experiments


The OWW experiment commenced with the arrival of STAR and Aircraft Operations Center staff in Anchorage on January 19 aboard the NOAA P-3 “Kermit.” This season’s objectives are to: validate and improve ocean winds and ice products, test new remote sensing methodologies, and characterize the air-sea interface in the extremes.

The Bering Glacier as photographed by the OWW 2024 team flight

February 7, 2024

STAR's Ivan Csiszar Honored with Commerce Silver Medal Award

Predicting air quality impacts of wildfires


Ivan was nominated as part of a cross-Line Office team by NOAA Research for the operational value of predictions of wildfire smoke transport and its impact on weather to support air quality alerts and visibility forecasts.

• Honor awards program video

photo: Ivan Csiszar, STAR SMCD, DOC Silver Award winner

February 7, 2024

NESDIS Employee Spotlight:
Eric Walters

Black History Month - Highlighting the contributions of African Americans at NOAA


At NESDIS, Eric is the Actions Lead Officer within the NESDIS Office of Space Weather Observations, and he also supports education and outreach, hosting numerous STEM events to raise awareness of NOAA and its mission.

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photo: Eric Walters, NESDIS Space Weather

February 5, 2024

New Product Shows Promise for Methane Monitoring

“The potential for this technique is enormous,” — Shobha Kondragunta, STAR


This new geostationary data product has great potential to improve our ability to monitor methane emissions, which are second only to carbon dioxide in warming effects. The technique was introduced in a recent paper by Harvard scientists.

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May 2019 methane plume as depicted in a new GOES data product, image credit: Daniel J. Varon

January 18, 2024

Pavolonis Quoted in Wildfire Detection Article

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a force-multiplier in detection efforts


Dr. Michael Pavolonis, NESDIS Wildland Fire Program Manager was quoted in an article by Meteorological Technology Today titled “How are drones, satellites and AI models working together to predict fires and save lives?”

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Drone view of wildfires
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