NASA’s next-generation satellite sends first images to Earth

Image courtesy of NASA/NOAA

GOES-16 is the first spacecraft of NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) next-generation geostationary satellites.  NASA informed on 23 January 2017 that it had sent the first high-resolution images. This incredibly sharp imagery now opens new weather forecasting possibilities, as it provides more detailed view of hazardous weather and reveals features that previous instruments might have missed. The forecast can thus be more accurate and provide better information to emergency managers. 


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Tue, 14/02/2017 - 06:38

Fire seasons: longer and more frequent

Fire seasons have become longer in areas marked with red and orange (Image: NASA)

A new joint study between the U.S. Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts Interim Reanalysis (ERA-Interim) reveals that fire seasons have lengthened between 1979 and 2013. Moreover, the researchers also discovered that tough fire seasons have become more frequent during this period.


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Fri, 31/07/2015 - 10:47

NOAA: Interactive storm surge map for flood risks

Static example of the experimental potential storm surge inundation map (Image: NOAA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is preparing a new application to help people determine at a street-level where water could rise in a storm surge.

This experimental storm surge simulator will let people get a look at what kind of storm surges can take place in their surroundings and which can be the possible damages. The preliminary model is based on Charleston (South Carolina), USA.


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Mon, 13/04/2015 - 16:51

NOAA: Weak El Niño has arrived

Average sea surface temperature due to El Niño 2015 (Image: NOAA)

The ocean-atmospheric phenomenon El Niño has finally arrived to the central Pacific Ocean after a long anticipation, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Its arrival will be marked by warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures near the equator.

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Mon, 16/03/2015 - 10:12

Second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite Instrument will support Joint Polar Satellite System Mission

2012 Blue Marble (Image: NASA)

Raytheon Company delivered the second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) to support the Joint Polar Satellite System mission providing critical weather information.

The second VIIRS unit will be launched in 2017 joining the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite launched in 2011 and ensuring continuity of its activities.

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Fri, 06/03/2015 - 12:16

STAR developed new Foliage Phase Prediction system

Foliage Phase Prediction Derived from VIIRS NDVI

Two scientists of the Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), the scientific arm of the NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS), have elaborated a new method to observe and forecast short-term fall foliage coloration.

The latest STAR system was created with the support of the JPSS Proving Ground and Risk Reduction Program and it employs the VIIRS daily vegetation index to monitor foliage indicators across the United States with a time-pace of 3 days and to generate predictions of 10 days.

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Thu, 06/11/2014 - 11:13

NOAA: 15.9 million USD for coastal resilience projects

Sea Grant programs Map

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will ensure 15.9 million US dollars to a variety of programmes aimed at increasing resilience for coastal communities in the United States.

The NOAA Sea Grant was announced on 8 October 2014 and will involve over 300 Sea Grant projects, which seek to enhance the long-term vitality of coastal communities and their preparedness to natural hazards, severe weather and climate change unheaven consequences.


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Tue, 04/11/2014 - 10:52

US Tornado Outbreak seen from Space: NASA animation

Tracking Tornados

On 29 April 2014, a new animation of the storm system which spawned 31 tornados affecting seven states across the Central and Southern United States from 27 to 28 April 2014 has been released by NASA using data collected from a NOAA’s GOES East Satellite and NASA’s Aqua Satellite. This data coupled with local weather observations and computer models is able to give forecasters real time information about developing weather situations.

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Fri, 02/05/2014 - 17:47

Global Space Applications Conference

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

This Conference will provide an excellent introduction cutting-edge satellite-based applications. The panel represents the global satellite-based services stakeholders community - presentatives of the major space agencies,industry, governments, academia and NGOs. The programm enables in depth discussion of experiences, ideas, roadmaps and future opportunities for usage of satellite-based applications.





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02/06/2014 to 04/06/2014


UNESCO Headquarters

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UNESCO, International Astronautical Federation


UNESCO, International Astronautical Federation

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Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies / University of Wisconsin-Madison (CIMSS-WISC)

CIMSS is a Cooperative Institute formed through a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in 1980. Directed by Dr. Steve Ackerman, CIMSS operates as an institute within the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC). CIMSS scientists conduct research using remote sensing systems for meteorological and surface-based applications.

The CIMSS mission includes three goals:


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