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The Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) is the science arm of the NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS), which acquires and manages the nation's operational Earth-observing satellites. STAR's mission is to accelerate the transfer of satellite observations of land, atmosphere, ocean, and climate from scientific research and development into routine operations, enabling NOAA to offer state-of-the-art data, products, and services to decision-makers.

Ken Pryor and Tom Smith honored with DOC Gold Medals New paper in Science: Historic Coral Bleaching Threatens the Great Barrier Reef April 2016 - Tropical Cyclone Fantala - Category 5 photo: Shobha Kondragunta, Istvan Laszlo, and Thomas M. Smith honored with 2016 DOC Bronze Medals photo: Mike Pavolonis pictured with Cmdr. James Lovell of Apollo 13 fame, who was also receiving an award today.

Pryor and Smith Honored with DOC Gold Medals

27 June 2016 - 'Today Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan announced this year's Gold and Silver Medal award winners. These medals, which are the highest awards bestowed by the Dept. of Commerce, recognize distinguished performance by NOAA employees. The honorees included 2 STAR scientists: Ken Pryor was recognized for his expertise and creativity in developing the Microburst Windspeed Potential product from GOES-13/15 sounders. Thomas M. Smith was part of a team recognized "for ground-breaking research using NOAA's global surface temperature dataset to show there was no 'hiatus' in global warming over the past 15 years". Read more.

Historic Coral Bleaching Threatens the Great Barrier Reef

21 April 2016 - A new study by Australia’s James Cook University, University of Queensland and NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch found that Great Barrier Reef corals were able to survive past bleaching because they were exposed to an early season pulse of warm waters. However, this protective pattern is likely to be lost in coming years. Using 27 years of NOAA satellite sea surface temperature data and innovative genomic analyses, they showed that this early pulse of warming turned on genes that protect the coral. Unfortunately, global warming is likely to eliminate this “practice run” making bleaching worse in coming decades. Read more in Science.

Tropical Cyclone Fantala

20 April 2016 - Tropical Cyclone Fantala achieved a category 5 intensity of 150 knots (172 mph) on 17 April as it passed north of the island of Madagascar in the southwestern Indian Ocean. These daytime Infrared and Visible images from the VIIRS 375-m I-bands show a very well-organized storm with a warm eye, symmetric cold central dense overcast, and evidence for mesovortices in the low-level clouds inside the eye. As of 4/20, Fantala is reported to be the most powerful tropical storm on record for the Indian Ocean. Click image to enlarge - image courtesy of STAR's Dan Lindsey, CoRP / RAMMB and Don Hillger.

STAR Bronze Medalists

29 March 2016 - The Bronze Medal is the highest honor award granted by the NOAA and recognizes superior performance by federal employees. Among this year’s winners were STAR's Shobha Kondragunta, Istvan Laszlo, and Thomas M. Smith. Kondragunta and Laszlo were honored "for enhancing the accuracy of Suomi NPP VIIRS aerosol products and ensuring that products reach the operational user community with reduced latency." Thomas M. Smith's team was honored "For innovations in climate science, providing the authoritative source of sea surface temperature data for global climate monitoring and assessment."

Mike Pavolonis Honored by American Astronautical Society

9 March 2016 - Mike Pavolonis (CoRP / ASPB) received the distinguished 2015 Earth Science and Applications Award from the American Astronautical Society today in Greenbelt, MD. He joins an eminent group of individuals such as James Lovell, Commander of Apollo 13 who was honored by AAS today at the 54th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium. Mike's award recognizes him "For developing cutting-edge methods to convert satellite data into actionable information for mitigating hazards caused by volcanic eruptions and severe convection". Please join us in congratulating Mike for this honor and his excellent work.

Connecting Observations Across Systems - 18-19 July 2016 - Fort Collins, Colorado

STAR Scientists and the NASA IceBridge Mission:
Underflying Sentinel-3A's Track for Cal/Val

photo: CICS' Thomas Newman on the IceBridge 2016 team

21 April 2016 - The NOAA Hurricane Hunter "Miss Piggy" and the NASA Operation IceBridge team arrived on site at Thule Air Base, Greenland on Monday 4-18, and quickly departed for the first science mission of the season Tuesday morning, 19 April 2016. Using a suite of remote sensing instrumentation, the aircraft surveyed shore-fast ice at Ellesmere Island, Canada. NOAA/STAR and CICS scientists are participating in the NASA Operation IceBridge Spring 2016 mission, including today's attempt to underfly the Sentinel-3A satellite, a cal/val flight which the NOAA-LSA team proposed. read more.

Latest STAR Publications

Updated: Fri, 10 Jun 2016

Title:
Towards Dependence of Tropical Cyclone Intensity on Sea Surface Temperature and Its Response in a Warming World
Authors:
Arora K and Dash P
Journal:
Climate 4(2):30.
DOI: 10.3390/cli4020030
Date:
May 2016
Title:
Satellite-based vegetation health indices as a criteria for insuring against drought-related yield losses
Authors:
Bokusheva R, Kogan F, Vitkovskaya I, Conradt S and Batyrbayeva M
Journal:
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 220:200-206.
DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.12.066
Date:
Apr 2016
Title:
Global Coral Bleaching 2014-2017: Status and an Appeal for Observations
Authors:
Eakin C, Liu G, Gomez A, De La Cour J, Heron S, Skirving W, Geiger E, Tirak K and Strong A
Journal:
Reef Encounter 31(43-1):20-26.
Date:
Apr 2016
Title:
Sensor Stability for SST (3S): Toward Improved Long-Term Characterization of AVHRR Thermal Bands
Authors:
He K, Ignatov A, Kihai Y, Cao CY and Stroup J
Journal:
Remote Sensing 8(4):346.
DOI: 10.3390/rs8040346
Date:
Apr 2016
Title:
Further Exploring and Quantifying Uncertainties for Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature (ERSST) Version 4 (v4)
Authors:
Huang B, Thorne PW, Smith TM, Liu W, Lawrimore J, Banzon VF, Zhang H-M, Peterson TC and Menne M
Journal:
Journal of Climate 29(9):3119-3142.
DOI: 10.1175/jcli-d-15-0430.1
Date:
May 2016
Title:
Use of Geostationary Super Rapid Scan Satellite Imagery by the Storm Prediction Center
Authors:
Line WE, Schmit TJ, Lindsey DT and Goodman SJ
Journal:
Weather and Forecasting 31(2):483-494.
DOI: 10.1175/WAF-D-15-0135.1
Date:
Apr 2016
Title:
Angular Effect of Undetected Clouds in Infrared Window Radiance Observations: Aircraft Experimental Analyses
Authors:
Nalli NR, Smith WL and Liu QH
Journal:
Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 73(5):1987-2010.
DOI: 10.1175/jas-d-15-0262.1
Date:
May 2016
Title:
Estimation and correction of model bias in the NASA/GMAO GEOS5 data assimilation system: Sequential implementation
Authors:
Zhang B, Tallapragada V, Weng F, Sippel J and Ma Z
Journal:
Advances in Atmospheric Sciences 33(6):659-672.
DOI: 10.1007/s00376-015-5155-y
Date:
Jun 2016
Title:
Climatology Analysis of Aerosol Effect on Marine Water Cloud from Long-Term Satellite Climate Data Records
Authors:
Zhao XP, Heidinger AK and Walther A
Journal:
Remote Sensing 8(4)
DOI: 10.3390/rs8040300
Date:
Apr 2016

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