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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.

False color imagery using VIIRS bands I-1, -2, and -3 (right) from June 30 Five STAR Scientists Contributed to the BAMS State of the Client in 2013 Supplement STAR’s Wei Shi, Menghua Wang and Wei Guo Featured on JGR-Oceans Cover with Aral Sea Study Mike Pavolonis was a featured speaker at this year Mark Eakin was invited by the Journal Science to write a Perspectives piece on an important new paper on the potential of some coral species coral to adapt to warming ocean temperatures. Karen Marks and Walter Smith of STAR’s Laboratory For Satellite Altimetry Produce New Ocean Floor View of the MH370 Search Area, in the May 27 cover story from Eos, Transactions AGU NOAA Bronze Medals announced for 18 STAR Scientists

JPSS Team Imagery Shows Extraordinary Views of June Floods in Paraguay

July 18, 2014 - From Mid-June of 2014, floods caused by torrential rains have forced the evacuation of 200,000 people living near the Paraguay and Parana rivers. As many as 160,000 people have been affected in Paraguay alone. The VIIRS instrument on S-NPP has been used to capture the extent of the flooding. Read more.

Five STAR Scientists Contributed to the BAMS 2013 State of the Climate report

July 18, 2014 - In 2013, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet, according to the measurements assessed in the State of the Climate in 2013 report, released online today by the American Meteorological Society. Five STAR scientists contributed to this vast annual effort to analyze and characterize our evolving understanding of the state of the Earth's climate. STAR congratulates Andy Heidinger, John Knaff, Jeff Key, Eric Leuliette, and Thomas M. Smith for their efforts. See NOAA's news story or download the entire document.

STAR’s Wei Shi, Menghua Wang and Wei Guo Featured on JGR-Oceans Cover with Aral Sea Study

June 2014 - The Aral Sea was a lake lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in the south. Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world, the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s, after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. By 2007, it had declined to 10% of its original size. In this study, 33 years of satellite observations from Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) and 21 years of satellite altimetry sea level data from TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, and Jason-2 are used to quantify the long-term hydrological changes in the Aral Sea. Read the study.

Mike Pavolonis a Featured Speaker at 2014 NOAA Science Days

June 23, 2014 - On Capitol Hill last Monday, STAR's Mike Pavolonis lead off the NOAA presenters with his talk: "How Weather Satellites are Mitigating Aviation-related Volcanic Hazards". Recent volcanic eruptions and the subsequent disruption of global air traffic have garnered considerable public attention. Innovative methods of detecting volcanic ash from space have been developed by NOAA, and new satellite products are now used in the U.S., Australia, and elsewhere. The annual Washington event features key NOAA research efforts organized around this year's theme: "Research to Reduce Disasters and Enhance Resilience".

Mark Eakin of Coral Reef Watch Contributes Science Perspective on Possible Coral Adaptation to Warming Oceans

June 11, 2014 - In the May 23 issue of the journal Science, Mark Eakin of STAR’s Coral Reef Watch was invited to contribute a Perspectives article explaining the significance of a new study by Stephen R. Palumbi, “Mechanisms of reef coral resistance to future climate change”. The Palumbi study is important because it demonstrates that corals have a mechanism that may allow them to genetically adapt to warmer temperatures much faster than previously known. Read more.

LSA Scientists Produce New View of the MH370 Search Area

May 27, 2014 - May 27th's cover article in Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union was written by Walter Smith and Karen Marks of STAR's Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry. They produced an updated illustration of the ocean floor in the area where authorities are searching for Malaysia Air Flight MH370, missing since March 8. The illustration combines the existing bathymetric maps of the Indian Ocean floor west of Australia with the locations of reported ping detections, projected flight paths, and details regarding the mountainous and complex nature of the region's topography. Read more.

18 STAR Scientists Honored with DOC Bronze Medals

May 20, 2014 - Today Dr. Kathy Sullivan honored NOAA's Bronze Medal and Distinguished Career awards at the NOAA Auditorium in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Department of Commerce Bronze Medal is the highest honor award that the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere may bestow. 18 STAR scientists were honored with Bronze Medals and a Distinguished Career Award. Read more.

NOAA / CREST Summer Program
Cultivates Young Scientists

LaGuardia Community College student Keisha Baxter with Zahidur Rahman, her faculty mentor and mathematics professor at the college.

June 24, 2014 - Keisha Baxter, a civil engineering student at LaGuardia Community College is one of 10 CUNY undergraduate — and the only woman — selected to participate in a NSF program focused on remote sensing. The NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Satellite and Ground- Based Remote Sensing Project at NOAA-CREST is designed for minority students majoring in STEM programs. Students in the program learn all aspects of remote sensing, including sensor development, satellite remote sensing, ground-based field measurements, data processing and analysis, modeling and forecasting. On a broader scale, the goal of the program is to encourage students to consider STEM careers. Read more.


STAR Releases
2013-2018 Strategic Plan

image: STAR Strategic Plan 2013-2018

May 16, 2014 - STAR is happy to announce the release of a nearly final draft of the STAR Strategic Plan for 2013 - 2018. We expect to incorporate any comments in the next few weeks and release a final version in June 2014. Download the STAR Strategic Plan today, (PDF, 3.17 MB).

Latest STAR Publications

Updated: Thu, 17 Jul 2014

Title:
Generation sites of internal solitary waves in the southern Taiwan Strait revealed by MODIS true-colour image observations
Authors:
Bai XL, Liu ZY, Li XF and Hu JY
Journal:
International Journal of Remote Sensing 35(11-12):4086-4098.
DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2014.916453
Date:
June 2014
Title:
Shoreline movement monitoring based on SAR images in Shanghai, China
Authors:
Ding XW and Li XF
Journal:
International Journal of Remote Sensing 35(11-12):3994-4008.
DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2014.916480
Date:
June 2014
Title:
Typhoon eye extraction with an automatic SAR image segmentation method
Authors:
Jin SH, Wang S and Li XF
Journal:
International Journal of Remote Sensing 35(11-12):3978-3993.
DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2014.916447
Date:
June 2014
Title:
SAR-derived wind fields at the coastal region in the East/Japan Sea and relation to coastal upwelling
Authors:
Kim TS, Park KA, Li XF and Hong S
Journal:
International Journal of Remote Sensing 35(11-12):3947-3965.
DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2014.916438
Date:
June 2014
Title:
Remote sensing of the China Seas PREFACE
Authors:
Li XF and Guo HD
Journal:
International Journal of Remote Sensing 35(11-12):3919-3925.
DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2014.920599
Date:
June 2014
Title:
Inter-satellite calibration of the NOAA AMSU-A measurements over tropical oceans
Authors:
Mo T
Journal:
Remote Sensing of Environment 149:205-212.
DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2014.04.009
Date:
Jun 2014

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