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The Use of Remote Sensing in Meteorology

First, NASA provides a tutorial on the use of satellites to observe terrestrial atmosphere and climate change throughout the world (1). After extended introductions of the various meteorological satellites, users can find information on forecasting el Ni'os, snow events, flooding, and other events. The second website, developed by The Network of European Meteorological Services (EUMETNET), offers a comprehensive tutorial on satellite meteorology (2). Through the eight online chapters, students can learn about radiative transfer, data acquisition, operational applications of satellite imagery, and much more. Next, the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) provides data from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) and Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) to assist in the understanding of "short-term and long-term local, regional and global scale atmospheric, oceanic and land processes" (3). Along with reports of the Earth's climatic state, visitors can find numerous hourly, daily, monthly, and annually meteorological data for the United States and the globe. The fourth website, supplied by the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), describes the Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division's (SMCD) "research on the use of satellite data for monitoring meteorological, climatological, and environmental characteristics" (4). The website features the GOES Temperature and Moisture Soundings Fields project and weather data for aviation applications. Next, the National Weather Service offers satellite imagery of the United States in loops of 24, 12, 6, and 3 hours (5). Users can also find images of areas with current severe storms or special events. At the sixth website, Project Atmosphere Canada provides a tutorial addressing the general characteristics of polar orbiting and geostationary satellites and of visible, water vapor, and infrared imagery (6). Educators can find two classroom activities to help students understand complexities in data acquisition and resolution. Next, the University of Wisconsin-Madison allows students to explore satellite meteorology through nine modules equipped with hands-on activities and motivating images (7). Through the Gallery, users can learn about low, medium, and high level clouds as well as precipitation producing clouds and fog. Lastly, the Australian Government's Bureau of Meteorology collects and uses satellite data "to monitor day to day weather conditions and longer term climate change over the entire globe (8)." The website offers the latest infrared and visible light images and animations of Australia's weather.
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The Water Planet - Meteorological, Oceanographic, and Hydrologic Applications of Remote SensingThe Satellite Meteorology Module LibrarySatellite DataS
Date of Scout Publication
November 30th, 1999
Date Of Record Creation
January 20th, 2005 at 12:10pm
Date Of Record Release
February 2nd, 2005 at 2:37pm
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