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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.

Short-Term Prediction of Fall Foliage Coloration from VIIRS Data Improved Gravity Map Reveals New Mountains Under the Sea 10th Annual NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/CoRP Science Symposium at the NOAA CREST Center GOES-14 Enhanced Visible image of Hurricane Marie from August 25 at 2001 UTC Bob Kuligowski and Ralph Ferraro of STAR were awarded NOAA Technology Transfer Awards Caribbean Coral Reefs are predicted to largely disappear in the next 20 years.

Short-term Prediction of Fall Foliage Coloration from VIIRS Data

October 15, 2014 - Xiaoyang Zhang (formerly of STAR) and Bob Yu (STAR / SMCD / EMB) have devised a new method to monitor and predict short-term fall foliage coloration across the United States using the VIIRS daily vegetation index. The new products have potential applications in agriculture, forestry, environmental modeling, and tourism. Developed with the support of the JPSS Proving Ground and Risk Reduction Program, the new system monitors in real time and forecast in the short term fall foliage development across the United States. Currently, the system monitors foliage every 3 days and makes prediction in 10 days ahead. Read more.

Improved Gravity Map Reveals New Mountains Under the Sea

October 3, 2014 - An international team of remote sensing scientists that includes W.H.F. Smith of the STAR Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry developed a new global marine gravity map that is twice as accurate as previous models. Published October 3 in the journal Science, the new map reveals significant new seafloor features, including an extinct spreading ridge in the Gulf of Mexico, a major propagating rift in the South Atlantic, and as many as 25,000 previously uncharted 1.5km tall seamounts. These discoveries allow us to understand regional tectonic processes and highlight the importance of satellite-derived gravity models as a primary tool in the investigation of ocean bottom regions. Read more.

NOAA Cultivates Young Scientists at the 10th NOAA CREST Symposium

September 30, 2014 - On September 9-10, CREST hosted the 10th Annual NOAA/NESDIS Cooperative Research Program (CoRP) Science Symposium, "Satellites and Society." This event was attended by 90 students, scientists, faculty, and participants from NOAA. The symposium was organized into four technical sessions: Satellite Observations and Climate Vulnerability, Assessment, Mitigation and Adaptation, Role of Satellites in Building Resilient Urban Ecosystems and Coastal Communities, Satellites and Environmental Assessment and Forecasting, and Importance of Satellites in Building Weather Ready Communities. Read more.

STAR Researchers Explore Unique Data and Imagery from Super Rapid Scan Operation for GOES-R

August 26, 2014 - STAR researchers, along with the cooperative institutes, are playing critical roles in the collection, dissemination and analysis of unique GOES-14 super rapid scan data. Using the current back-up geostationary satellite, imagery captured every 1 minute offers a glimpse into what can be routinely possible with the GOES-R geostationary imager. STAR's support includes selecting the daily coverage sectors, providing that data to the NWS and generating cases of interest for further study. Read more.

Ferraro and Kuligowski Honored with NOAA Technology Transfer Award

August 15, 2014 - Today NOAA Administrator Kathryn D. Sullivan announced 2014's Administrators and Technology Transfer Awards. Two STAR scientists were among those honored from NESDIS: Ralph Ferraro, Limin Zhao, Robert Kuligowski and Donna McNamara. The team was recognized for greatly increasing the usefulness of current NOAA polar satellite information for the TV broadcaster community. This award recognizes NOAA's scientific and technical employees for achievements that are developed further as commercial applications, or those that advance the transfer of NOAA science and technology to U.S. businesses, academia, and others.

Mark Eakin On Diane Rehm Show

August 11, 2014 - CoralReefWatch's Mark Eakin appeared on August 5's Diane Rehm show as part of a panel of commentators discussing a new report from over 90 expert authors organized by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network on the status and deterioration of Caribbean coral reefs. According to "Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012", most Caribbean coral reefs are likely to disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to loss of grazers like parrotfish in the region, as well as pollution and bleaching from ocean warming. Read more.

GOES-R Risk Reduction / JPSS Proving Ground Risk Reduction (PGRR) Visiting Scientist Program 2015 Call for Proposals

November 6, 2014 - Letters of intent must be received by 5:00PM EST on November 23, 2014. See the complete details.

NESDIS 2014 Annual Report

October 16, 2014 - NESDIS released their 2014 annual report today, prominently featuring STAR's awards, publications, and achievements. Read it here.


American Meteorological Society
2014 Awards

CIMSS Logo October 15, 2014 - Today the American Meteorological Society recognized the UW-Madison CIMSS Tropical Cyclone Group and STAR's Bob Kuligowski, as they announced recipients of their 2015 award winners, (PDF, 248 KB).

UW-Madison CIMSS Tropical Cyclone Group
The group: Christopher Velden, Timothy Olander, Derrick Herndon, Anthony Wimmers, David Stettner, Steven Wanzong, Sarah Griffin, John Sears, and Jason Dunion were honored "For providing the weather community with valuable tropical cyclone-related satellite information and derived products for over two decades." CIMSS is an Institute of STAR's Cooperative Research Program (CoRP) and is colocated with STAR's Advanced Satellite Products Branch.

Bob Kuligowski
Recognized by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society with the 2015 Editor's Award "For providing comprehensive, timely reviews that provided valuable stylistic and technical insights with unusual precision and thoughtfulness."

STAR congratulates them all for their efforts.


NOS Recognizes STAR Scientist
Christopher Brown with Rafting Award

photo: Chris Brown October 3, 2014 - David Green, Chris Brown (STAR), and Elizabeth Turner have shown true "rafting" spirit in their collaboration with NOS offices and employees through the NOAA Ecological Forecasting Roadmap (EFR). Years before the Roadmap existed, Beth, Chris and David were active in producing foundational materials that crossed line office boundaries and emphasized a "OneNOAA" approach to ecological forecasting. The NOS Peer Recognition Rafting Award honors cross-organizational collaboration, customer service and leadership in cooperative efforts between NOS staff and other NOAA employees. STAR congratulates Chris for his efforts.

CREST Success Story: Dr. Nathan Hosannah

photo: Nathan Hosannah August 6, 2014 - Recent CREST researcher Nathan Hosannah has just been awarded a prestigious 2-year National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship. Nathan has been performing regional atmospheric climate research in urban regions for over 5 years during his work at CREST, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Puerto Rico at MayagŁez. He has presented his work on the effects of data assimilation of particle size distributions on precipitation forecasting at national and international conferences under the sponsorships of EPP NOAA-ISET and NOAA-CREST Centers since the summer of 2008. Read more.

Latest STAR Publications

Updated: Mon, 27 Oct 2014

Monitoring of Oil Spill Trajectories With COSMO-SkyMed X-Band SAR Images and Model Simulation
Cheng Y, Liu B, Li X, Nunziata F, Xu Q, Ding X, Migliaccio M and Pichel WG
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 7(7):2895-2901.
DOI: 10.1109/jstars.2014.2341574
Jul 2014
An improved CryoSat-2 sea ice freeboard retrieval algorithm through the use of waveform fitting
Kurtz NT, Galin N and Studinger M
Cryosphere 8(4):1217-1237.
DOI: 10.5194/tc-8-1217-2014
July 2014
Tracking the internal waves in the South China Sea with environmental satellite sun glint images
Liu B, Yang H, Ding X and Li X
Remote Sensing Letters 5(7):609-618.
DOI: 10.1080/2150704x.2014.949365
Aug 2014
Spatial and temporal variation of Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)-derived aerosol optical thickness over Shandong, China
Meng F, Cao CY, Shao X and Shi YG
International Journal of Remote Sensing 35(16):6023-6034.
DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2014.939784
Aug 2014
New global marine gravity model from CryoSat-2 and Jason-1 reveals buried tectonic structure
Sandwell DT, Muller RD, Smith WHF, Garcia E and Francis R
Science 346(6205):65-67.
DOI: 10.1126/science.1258213 URL
October 3, 2014 2014
30-Year atmospheric temperature record derived by one-dimensional variational data assimilation of MSU/AMSU-A observations
Weng F and Zou X
Climate Dynamics 43(7-8):1857-1870.
DOI: 10.1007/s00382-013-2012-5
Oct 2014
Uncertainty of AMSU-A derived temperature trends in relationship with clouds and precipitation over ocean
Weng F, Zou X and Qin Z
Climate Dynamics 43(5-6):1439-1448.
DOI: 10.1007/s00382-013-1958-7
Sep 2014

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