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.
Zhou and Eakin Graduate Prestigious Leadership Programs
March 5, 2014 - Two STAR managers recently completed prestigious leadership training programs. Mark Eakin graduated from NOAA's Leadership Competencies Development Program along with 21 others. The LCDP is a competitive leadership development program that provides a series of educational experiences for a high potential cadre of NOAA employees. Lihang Zhou was one of 23 graduates from this year's cohort in the DOC Executive Leadership Development Program. The ELDP is designed for high potential employees at the GS-13 and 14 levels or equivalent whose career plans include moving into upper management positions. It is one of the "flagship" leadership development programs managed and funded by the Department of Commerce. Read more.
15 STAR Scientists Honored with DOC Bronze Medals
January 23, 2014 - Today Dr. Kathy Sullivan announced the names of this year's Bronze Medal and Distinguished Career awards. The Department of Commerce Bronze Medal is the highest honor award that the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere may bestow. 15 STAR scientists were honored with Bronze Medals and a Distinguished Career Award. The award recipients will be honored at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the NOAA Auditorium in Silver Spring, Maryland. Read more.
2 STAR Scientists Honored with Dept. of Commerce Silver Medals
December 13, 2013 - On Monday, December 9, Acting Under Secretary Dr. Kathy Sullivan announced the winners selected by the Secretary of Commerce to receive Gold or Silver Medals. STAR's Tim Schmit and Marilyn Yuen Murphy were on teams honored with Silver Medals for Scientific/Engineering Achievement in 2013. STAR congratulates and commends our team members for their hard work and excellence. Read more.
NOAA View Brings STAR Data Products To Life
November 8, 2013 - Today the NOAA Visualization Lab launched NOAA View, a dynamic data visualization portal developed by STAR and the NOAA Visualization Lab. NOAA View integrates over 60 different datasets, including views of wind, coral bleaching, ice cover, vegetation, precipitation, and the Earth at night. The NOAA View portal provides a single entry point for exploring NOAA data from satellites, models, and in-situ analyses, enabling seamless browsing, animation, and data download capabilities. NOAA View illustrates our dynamic planet, letting users select views of the world, data inputs, and time periods to observe the Earth. Explore now!"
STAR Launches New ICVS Long Term Monitoring Site
October 28, 2013 - The STAR ICVS-Long Term Monitoring website displays instrument performance monitoring metrics from Suomi NPP, MetOp-A & B, NOAA-18 & 19, GOES 13 & 15, and DMSP satellites, delivering data from 28 different instruments. STAR instrument teams and web developers launched the redesigned interface Sept. 26. ICVS generates over 3000 new images per day and provides valuable instrument status data to stakeholders at NOAA, NASA, private sector partners and satellite data users all over the world. Fuzhong Weng says: ""The user community can effectively utilize the satellite information to advance their skill in predicting severe weather and monitoring climate change and environmental hazards."" Visit ICVS.
November 8, 2013 - STAR's ICVS instrument monitoring
teams captured the data 'footprint' of an unusual partial solar eclipse
on November 3. STAR scientist Yong Chen and ICVS instrument team members
recently discovered artifacts of Sunday's eclipse in instrument
monitoring images from the Suomi NPP CrIS, OMPS, and VIIRS instruments.
STAR's Yong Chen explained that the 'footprint' of the November 3
eclipse was captured in an ICVS instrument performance image using the
4.3µm CO2 of Non-Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium (NLTE)
effect. Read more.
Latest STAR Publications
Updated: Thu, 20 Feb 2014
- Early On-Orbit Performance of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite Onboard the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) Satellite
- Cao CY, De Luccia FJ, Xiong XX, Wolfe R and Weng FZ
- IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52(2):1142-1156. DOI: 10.1109/tgrs.2013.2247768
- Feb 2014
- Scattering properties of soot-containing particles and their impact by humidity in 1.6 mu m
- Fan M, Chen L, Xiong X, Li S, Tao J, Su L, Zou M and Zhang Y
- Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer 134:91-103. DOI: 10.1016/j.jqsrt.2013.11.004
- Feb 2014
- New Retrieval Algorithm for Deriving Land Surface Temperature from Geostationary Orbiting Satellite Observations
- Fang L, Yu YY, Xu H and Sun DL
- IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52(2):819-828. DOI: 10.1109/tgrs.2013.2244213
- Feb 2014
- Lightning in Wildfire Smoke Plumes Observed in Colorado during Summer 2012
- Lang TJ, Rutledge SA, Dolan B, Krehbiel P, Rison W and Lindsey DT
- Monthly Weather Review 142(2):489-507. DOI: 10.1175/mwr-d-13-00184.1
- Feb 2014
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