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NOAA operates a fleet of environmental satellites that maintain a watchful eye on the Earth. Hover and click on the satellite missions below to load real-time imagery and learn more about our missions and how they serve the public.
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POES

Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite

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GOES

Geostationary Orbiting Environmental Satellite

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DMSP

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program

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Jason-2

Jason-2

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Suomi NPP

National Polar-orbiting Partnership

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GOES-R

Geostationary Orbiting Environmental Satellite - R Series

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POES

  • POES Daily Image
    POES Daily Image
  • Orbits at approximately 833 kilometers above the Earth, over the North and South poles providing global coverage every 6 hours
  • Data from POES series supports environmental monitoring applications including weather analysis and forecasting, climate research and prediction, sea surface temperature, atmospheric soundings of temperature and humidity, ocean dynamics research, volcanic eruption monitoring, forest fire detection, global vegetation analysis, and search and rescue,
  • This images shows Sea Surface Temperature (SST)-the water temperature close to the ocean's surface
  • POES Website
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DMSP

  • DMSP Daily Image
    DMSP Daily Image
  • Providing global coverage twice per day
  • Data captured from DMSP sensors contributes to the generation of this daily global map of snow and ice cover
  • Along with data from other satellites and sources, scientists use snow and ice cover observations study climate change and sea level-rise
  • DMSP Website

JASON

  • Jason-2 Daily Image
    Jason-2 Daily Image
  • Jason-2 is the latest in a series of ocean altimeter missions designed to observe ocean circulation, sea level rise, and wave heights.
  • This image is part ofa new suiteof data products produced by NOAA to predict where hurricanes are likely to form, strengthen, or weaken.
  • Pink = surface water at 26 degrees Celsius or warmer
    Purple = deep layers of warm water.
  • It was these deep reserves of warm Gulf of Mexico water that allowed for the development of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in quick succession.
  • Jason-2 Website
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Suomi NPP

  • Suomi NPP Image
    Suomi NPP Image
  • Suomi NPP is the preporatory mission for the JPSS
  • The satellite orbit the earth approximately every 100 minutes, and covers each location twice a day
  • Enhanced capabilities of S-NPP allow it to gather more information and in higher resolution than its predecessor the NOAA POES satellites.The ability to see Earth in true color is a prime example of these advancements. NPP is the precursor to JPSS, NOAA NASA Joint Polar Satellite System
  • JPSS Website

GOES-R

  • GOES-R Real-Time Simulation
    GOES-R Real-Time Simulation
  • GOES-R Series satellites are the next generation of geostationary weather satellites. Launch Readiness Date:October 2015
  • GOES-R Series will greatly improve detection/observation of meteorological phenomena that directly impact public safety, protection of property, and economic health and development.
  • GOES-R will advance observation of the Earth's ocean and atmosphere and improve space weather monitoring.
  • This image is a real-time simulation of how GOES-R will measure atmospheric water vapor over the United States
  • Orange = dry air, Blue-white = moist air
  • http://www.goes-r.gov
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.
NOAA View Website (full-version) » Video Tour (full version)