NOAA’s Eyes in the Sky - After five decades of weather forecasting with environmental satellites, what do future satellites promise for meteorologists and society?
in Bulletin > Vol. 62(1) (2013) . - p.17-21
While today’s environmental satellites serve many important functions, one of the most critical is to provide meteorologists with data that are crucial to making accurate, life-saving weather predictions. These “eyes in the sky” constantly orbit above us. They make atmospheric observations that are ingested into numerical weather prediction (NWP) computer models and provide meteorologists with images of weather phenomena that allow them to monitor storms around the globe, identify volcanic ash and smoke from wildfires, and track hurricane development. For all of these reasons, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has long recognized that environmental satellites are essential to meeting its mission to protect life and property, and why it will continue to maintain and improve this critical capability.
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