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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.

Lihang Zhou, STAR JPSS Program Mgr. & Mark Eakin, Coordinator of Coral Reef Watch DOC Bronze Medals announced for 15 STAR Scientists photo: Timothy J. Schmit & Marilyn Yuen Murphy NOAA View - Explore a world of data New STAR ICVS Long Term Monitoring Site Launched

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.

First Direct Broadcast VIIRS Polar Winds

image: First Direct Broadcast VIIRS Polar Winds

March 18, 2013 - The first direct broadcast Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) polar winds have been generated by CoRP's Advanced Satellite Products Branch with data from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks receiving system on 12 March 2014. The winds are produced on-site at the NESDIS Fairbanks Command and Data Acquisition Station (FCDAS, aka Gilmore Creek). Read more.

Latest STAR Publications

Updated: Thu, 10 Apr 2014

Title:
A Detailed Study of Land Surface Microwave Emissivity Over the Indian Subcontinent
Authors:
Antony T, Raju CS, Mathew N, Saha K and Moorthy KK
Journal:
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52(6):3604-3612. DOI: 10.1109/tgrs.2013.2274010
Date:
Jun 2014
Title:
Modeling Infrared Radiometer Self-Emission With Application to MetOp/HIRS
Authors:
Chang TJ and Cao CY
Journal:
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52(6):3141-3149. DOI: 10.1109/tgrs.2013.2270953
Date:
Jun 2014
Title:
Fusion of Satellite Land Surface Albedo Products Across Scales Using a Multiresolution Tree Method in the North Central United States
Authors:
He T, Liang SL, Wang DD, Shuai YM and Yu YY
Journal:
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52(6):3428-3439. DOI: 10.1109/tgrs.2013.2272935
Date:
Jun 2014
Title:
Assessing the Application of Cloud-Shadow Atmospheric Correction Algorithm on HICO
Authors:
Amin R, Lewis D, Gould RW, Hou WL, Lawson A, Ondrusek M and Arnone R
Journal:
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52(5):2646-2653. DOI: 10.1109/tgrs.2013.2264166
Date:
May 2014
Title:
Assessment of Long-Term Sensor Radiometric Degradation Using Time Series Analysis
Authors:
Kim W, He T, Wang DD, Cao CY and Liang SL
Journal:
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52(5):2960-2976. DOI: 10.1109/tgrs.2013.2268161
Date:
May 2014
Title:
Endangered Species Act listing: three case studies of data deficiencies and consequences of ESA 'threatened' listing on research output
Authors:
Weijerman M, Birkeland C, Piniak GA, Miller MW, Eakin CM, McElhany P, Dunlap MJ, Patterson M and Brainard RE
Journal:
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 7(0):15-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2013.11.026
Date:
April 2014

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