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NOAA Satellite and Information Service
National Environmental Satellite, Data, Information Service

Environmental Information Resource Page

NESDIS Homepage

NOAA Home Page - Satellites Theme Page NESDIS operates the satellites and manages the processing and distribution of millions of bits of data and images these satellites produce daily. The prime customer for the satellite data is the NWS, which uses satellite data to create forecasts for television, radio, and weather advisory services.

Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES)  The GOES system maintains a continuous data stream from a two-GOES system in support of the NWS. These satellites send weather data and pictures that cover various sections of the United States. Current weather satellites can transmit visible or infrared photos, focus on a narrow or wide area, and maneuver in space to obtain maximum coverage.

Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES)  POES offers the advantage of daily global coverage, with morning and afternoon orbits that deliver global data, for improvement of weather forecasting. The information received includes cloud cover, storm location, temperature, and heat balance in the earth's atmosphere.

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) is a DOD program run by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. The DMSP designs, builds, launches, and maintains satellites monitoring the meteorological, oceanographic, and solar-terrestrial physics environments.

The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) NPOESS and its managing Integrated Program Office were established in 1994 to converge existing Air Force, NASA & NOAA polar-orbiting satellites into an integrated national program. Polar-orbiters in low-Earth orbit continue to be used to monitor global environmental conditions, collect and disseminate data related to weather, atmosphere, oceans, land and near-space environment.  

Data and Information: NESDIS operates National Data Centers for Climate, Geophysics, Oceans, and Coasts. Through these Data Centers and other centers of data, NESDIS provides and ensures timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources, provides information services, and develops science products.

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Last Updated: August 27, 2013