Supporting NOAA Research Goals
Serve society's needs for weather and water information
Floods, severe storms, and hurricanes cause 7½ times more
insured losses across the globe than man-made disasters. STAR's
products assist those who predict these catastrophes, and those
who plan for or manage the effects of natural disasters.
variability and change
Using satellite data intelligently, science can
successfully monitor many aspects of climate change
and variability, to enhance the ability of society
to plan and respond.
Protect, restore, and manage coastal and ocean resources through
Managing the ecosystems along our nation's coasts and
waters requires detailed observations that do not damage
the environment being observed. Satellites can observe
these critical resources without causing harm by sensing
them remotely. NOAA has successfully observed coastal
resources with satellites for many years.
Information for safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transportation
For transportation to be safe, people must identify
hazards quickly and warn the operators of planes,
trains, and ships. Satellites are well suited to
perform this type of monitoring.
Support for NOAA's Mission
Mission support helps NOAA achieve its mission.
STAR makes two contributions in this area:
- Calibrating and verifying operational data from satellites
- Assisting the satellite program office on design of satellites and instruments