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NESDIS and India's Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)
Sign Agreement on INSAT-3D Satellite Data

photo: Mary Kicza & Dr. Ajit Tyagi of MoES sign the INSAT-3D Satellite Data Agreement

Mary Kicza & Dr. Ajit Tyagi of MoES Sign the
INSAT-3D Satellite Data Implementing Arrangement

6 October 2010 - NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services Mary Kicza and Dr. Ajit Tyagi, director general of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) recently signed an agreement regarding collaboration in the use and development of INSAT-3D satellite data. Mary Kicza and Dr. Tyagi signed this Implementing Arrangement (IA) on 6 October 2010 at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. The agreement provides a framework for collaboration between MoES and NESDIS concerning the provision of technical and scientific co-operation related to INSAT-3D (Imager and Sounder similar to NOAA GOES) satellite data applications.

The INSAT-3D Imager and Sounder Satellite

With launch scheduled for December 2010, INSAT-3D is a pure meteorological satellite without additional communications payload, as in the other INSAT satellites. It features a 19-channel sounder, a 6- channel imager and a DRT & SAR payload.

Key areas of collaboration

The implementing arrangement states the intent to cooperate in the development of scientific algorithms/products for INSAT-3D for data products including:

  • Data products:
    • Sea surface temperature retrieval;
    • Satellite rainfall retrieval;
    • Vegetation indices;
    • clouds classification;
    • cloud motion vector (both visible and infrared);
    • water vapor winds;
    • Vertical profiles of temperature, humidity, and ozone;
  • Algorithms for determining the intensity and position of tropical cyclones;
  • Cal/val support

STAR scientist Shobha Kondragunta is the NESDIS technical Point of Contact (POC) for this agreement.

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