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.
2016 CoRP Symposium
22 July 2016 - The 2016 CoRP Symposium was held 18-19 July at the CIRA/Atmospheric Science complex on the foothills campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins CO. The Symposium consisted of two days of presentations and posters, including a few invited speakers and featuring oral and poster presentations by younger scientists from several Cooperative Institutes. The poster presenters also gave brief oral summaries of their posters in an introductory session. At the end of the Symposium, award certificates were presented to the three best posters. See the symposium site. Read more.
STAR's 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 Australias James Cook University, University of Queensland and NOAAs 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 years 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.
STAR Scientists and the NASA IceBridge Mission:
Underflying Sentinel-3A's Track for Cal/Val
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: Mon, 12 Sep 2016
- Hawai'i Coral Disease database (HICORDIS): species-specific coral health data from across the Hawaiian archipelago
- Caldwell JM, Burns JHR, Couch C, Ross M, Runyon C, Takabayashi M, Vargas-Ăngel B, Walsh W, Walton M, et al.
- Data in Brief 8:1054-1058.
- Sep 2016
- Satellite Observations of Plume-like Streaks in a Cloud Field in Canada
- Grasso L, Lindsey DT, Seaman CJ, Stocks B and Rabin RM
- Pure and Applied Geophysics 173(9):3103-3110.
- Sep 2016
- Impacts and effects of ocean warming on coral reefs
- Heron SF, Eakin CM, Maynard JA and van Hooidonk R
- IUCN, 177-197pp
- Sea Surface Temperature Retrieval from MODIS Radiances Using Truncated Total Least Squares with Multiple Channels and Parameters
- Koner KP and Harris A
- Remote Sensing 8(9)
- Sep 2016
- Assessment of human health impact from exposure to multiple air pollutants in China based on satellite observations
- Yu T, Wang W, Ciren P and Zhu Y
- International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 52:542-553.
- Oct 2016
- Stratospheric Temperature Climate Data Record from Merged SSU and AMSU-A Observations
- Zou C-Z and Qian H
- Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 33(9):1967-1984.
- Sep 2016
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