NEWS AND Notes NOAA Offers Improved Access to Satellite and other types of instrumentation as well as numeri- Images of the Gulf of Mexico cal and statistical models. Those who track ocean features now have near-real- The antenna was moved from the Tropical Predic- time, high-resolution data from the National Oceanic tion Center of the National Weather Service on the and Atmospheric Research's (NOAA) polar-orbiting campus of Florida International University where, environmental satellites. because of the configuration of satellite antennae on NOAA's CoastWatch program, which maps the the roof, the CoastWatch antenna was blocked. coastal oceans daily, relocated a satellite antenna and AOML's Miami facility provides a far less obstructed installed enhanced hardware and software to ensure view. AOML, one of NOAA' s 12 environmental labo- unobstructed near-real-time access to high-resolution ratories, was also selected because it is a test site for images of sea surface temperatures. Images available the new QuikSCAT winds algorithms. The QuikSCAT satellite provides all-weather, high-resolution mea- from this location in Miami will cover the eastern surements of near-surface winds over the global tropical Pacific Ocean, northern South America and oceans. These data will be used in numerical weather Central America, and the entire Gulf
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 1999
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