NOAA / NESDIS operational satellite product generation: hazard detection and monitoring

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Thursday, 21 January 2010: 2:00 PM
B302 (GWCC)
Thomas M. Renkevens, NOAA/NESDIS, Camp Springs, MD; and B. Hughes and J. Kibler

The National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) produces and distributes many satellite derived products in near real-time to meet the needs of operational users. Products are made using data from geostationary satellites which are situated above a fixed location on the equator and image the earth on a continuous basis, as well as from polar orbiting satellites which provide two or more views of the same location of the earth every day at fixed local times. These remote sensing products provide information on land, ocean and atmospheric parameters. Product information and details as well as near-real time imagery can be found on the NESDIS Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution web site at http://www.osdpd.noaa.gov/ml/index.html

This presentation will provide an overview of the current NESDIS operational satellites as well as other satellite sources used within NESDIS operations. The monitoring of natural hazards from satellites, including volcanoes, tropical storms, heavy precipitation, and wildfires will be discussed with a focus on hazard and disaster mitigation, product generation and product distribution within NESDIS.