The Earth: VIIRS True Color Each day, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument that flies on the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP captures a global view of Earth in True Color. True Color imagery uses different wavelengths of light detected by the instrument to create a close approximation of how Earth appears to the human eye.
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Understanding True Color: An Interview with Martin England, Ph.D. The volumes of data generated by Suomi NPP are hugeâ€"the satellite produces approximately 3.5 terabytes of data per day. NOAA's Comprehensive Large Array-Data Stewardship (CLASS) website makes the data publicly available, and the website is home to more than 1.32 petabytes of data from the satellite. For a better understanding of this volume, 1.32 petabytes of data is equal to the amount that could be stored on 82,500 (16GB) smartphones. Experience NOAA data on the CLASS website here.
Suomi NPP/VIIRS: Visualizing Weather Suomi NPP data are used by NOAA and other research scientists as they study severe weather, atmospheric and oceanographic phenomena and climate variability. This True Color image of Hurricane Sandy shows the storm strengthening into a Category 3 hurricane on October 27, 2012. Suomi NPP and future JPSS missions ensure a continuous series of global weather data and increased accurate weather predictionâ€"securing a more Weather-Ready Nation. Learn more information about NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation initiative here.
Now Available in NOAA View: True Color Data True Color imagery is just one of over 60 different datasets available in the NOAA View portal. Use NOAA View to browse a daily global image from VIIRS, or explore other real-time and archived data from a variety of sources, including satellites, models and other observations.
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Just in time for Earth Day, NOAA incorporated beautiful True Color data from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument into the NOAA View portal. VIIRS currently flies on board the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite. Although it is not actually photography, the imagery produced is like looking at a picture of Earth.
NESDIS Global Data
This data portal provides access to global maps representing a variety of observations from satellites, ground stations and historical collections. In the dropdown menu are four sample datasets out of the many you can access on the full version of NOAA View. After choosing your dataset, scroll back to see how that dataset has changed over time.