Friday, May 28, 2010

NOAA GOES to South America

It's low-resolution (1-4km) imagery from an old sensor with an ageing propulsion system, but nonetheless, according to the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), weather forecasters in South America should now be able to get 'more imagery and data to track dangerous storms – including tropical cyclones – and the storms that can trigger potentially deadly mudslides'. This is because NOAA has shifted the GOES-12 satellite to a geostationary orbit at 60 degrees West longitude - a position over Brasil and a tad south of Guyana - to cover South America. It became operational on May 10, 2010. For those more interested in the other end of the remote sensing spectrum, resolution-wise, see this previous post.

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