92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012: 11:15 AM
NESDIS Satellite Product Development From New Satellite Systems
Room 256 (New Orleans Convention Center )
Stacy L. Bunin, Noblis, Falls Church, VA; and T. Schott and K. Berberich
Manuscript (242.5 kB)

NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) has been actively involved with product development from new satellite systems expected to launch between late 2011 and 2012. These satellites include the U.S. National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite, Europe's Metop-B, and the French-Indian Megha-Tropiques. New products are also planned from Japan's Global Change Observation Mission Water (GCOM-W).

NOAA's NPP Data Exploitation (NDE) Project will receive environmental, sensor, and temperature data records from NPP and will tailor them to satisfy user-required attributes such as alternative data formats, aerial coverages, frequencies, and projections. NDE will also apply value-added science algorithms to some NPP data records generating what are known as NOAA unique products. Generation of such products is needed to satisfy additional NOAA mission requirements. NOAA is also preparing to generate products from Metop-B, which will provide continuity of polar data from a mid-morning orbit. Products from both the NPP and Metop-B satellites will include atmospheric soundings, winds, chemistry, and radiation, sea surface temperature, microwave surface and hydrology, snow and ice cover, vegetation, and smoke and ash tracking. In addition, NPP will offer ocean color products and Metop-B will generate ocean surface winds and space weather products. The Megha-Tropiques mission will study the tropical water and energy cycle enabling NOAA with the opportunity to provide its users with additional products over tropical regions. Furthermore, GCOM-W1 data will be utilized by NESDIS to generate additional microwave products which will not be offered from other new satellite sources. These products include ocean surface wind speed, soil moisture, and snow depth. Users will be able to take advantage of these continuity products, as well as the improved and expanded suite of products, from these satellites. This paper will describe product development taking place at NESDIS to exploit the data from these new satellites.

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