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NOAA's Mapper

NOAA's Mapper

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, July 19, 2018/Categories: natural history, video, space science, sustainability, environment

                        Tropical Hurricane Harvey (credit: GOES-13, NOAA)

The GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) program, managed by the atmospheric and oceanic agency NOAA, is creating maps as beautiful as they are vital. The GOES satellites gather environmental data using multiple sensors to view the Earth on a constant basis. The satellite imagery is found in for weather forecasting, ocean navigation alerts, and in long-range climate predictions. The data is used by the National Weather Service, commercial weather channels, universities, the Department of Defense, and the wider research community.

According to NOAA, the GEOS-East Image Viewer captured a spectacular, almost cloud-free, view of the Rocky Mountains stretching to the Pacific Northwest in 'real time' today. The data was visualized in natural color (visible light) showing diverse landscapes, such as deserts (brown), agricultural land (light green), and forests (dark green). Features like Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats, Idaho's Craters of the Moon National Monument, the Martin Fire burn-scar in northern Nevada, and coastal fogs in the Pacific Northwest are clearly visible in the data animation. in Oregon and Washington, to name a few.

The NOAA allows public access to the data directly from their National Center for Environmental Information if people are interested. You might like to view how your location, state, or region appears from the GOES vantage point today.

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