noaa satellite

COAPS provides national and international
leadership for satellite remote sensing
of ocean surface winds

Weather and ocean surface conditions are often remotely sensed by satellite, radar, and instruments aboard research aircraft. These observations are used to help improve weather forecasting, marine safety, commercial fishing, El NiƱo prediction and monitoring, and long-term climate studies.

Satellites are used to study the ocean and atmospheric variability and the instruments COAPS researchers most often work with are scatterometers, which estimate near surface wind speed and direction, as well as surface stress. Scatterometers provide a wealth of wind velocity observations over the earth's bodies of water. The exceptional accuracy of the NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT) and Quick Scatterometer (QuikSCAT) are leading to development of new applications. COAPS scientists also work with a variety of instruments that measure either wind speed or sea surface temperature.

Current research activities at our center include:

Radar scans HurricaneIsabel

Radar scans show precipitation intensity in Hurricane Isabel. Better estimates of energy released from condensation improve models of changes in hurricane intensity.

Past activities include:

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