13th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography


Near Real-time Derived Products from MODIS

Ronnie J. Suggs, NASA/MSFC, Huntsville, AL; and G. Jedlovec, S. L. Haines, W. M. Lapenta, and S. Dembek

As part of the Short-term Prediction Research Transition (SPoRT) program at NASA/MSFC, near real-time total precipitable water and land/sea surface temperature products from MODIS, on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites, are being derived from a subset of MODIS channels with spectral characteristics similar to those planned for the GOES-R ABI. Under the SPoRT program these products are made available to several NWS Forecast Offices to assist in the preparation of short-term forecasts. This transition activity, from research to operations, serves to prepare forecasters for the next generation of satellite observing capabilities through real-time, hands-on applications to their forecast problems. The derived products are produced from a physical retrieval algorithm which can be applied to polar or geostationary measurements. The algorithm is a perturbation solution of the radiation transfer equation for a nonscattering atmosphere requiring first-guess temperature and moisture profiles. For this application first-guess information is obtained from the latest model forecasts. The utility of this retrieval approach is that it provides a near real-time high resolution update of a modelís forecasted parameter allowing forecasters to validate and monitor the performance of the modelís forecast. The poster will provide a description of the retrieval methodology and examples of the derived products. Case studies will also be presented comparing these products with those obtained from the Earth Observing System (EOS) MODIS science team algorithms.

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Poster Session 8, Retrievals and Cloud Products: Part 2
Thursday, 23 September 2004, 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

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