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Cooking with JPSS

Activity Type: Fact Sheet / Poster / Infographic |
Audience: General Public |
Grades: 9-12, Post Secondary
Learning Time: 1 hour

These recipe cards showcase healthy recipes that can be created with simple ingredients that you can grow in your garden or purchase at your local Farmer’s market. On each card, you’ll find the ingredient list for the recipe, the preparation instructions, and some facts about food, satellite imagery and the instruments on JPSS.


Food is an important part of life and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s and NASA’s Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) make sure fresh and healthy food continues to be available for you and your family. JPSS satellites provide information that helps farmers and gardeners make better decisions about how to grow and protect their crops so that you can find your favorite foods at the grocery store.   

JPSS provides data to forecasters which can help predict severe weather that might damage crops and watch for conditions that could lead to plant diseases. Scientists rely on JPSS satellites for daily updates about land surface temperature, soil moisture, and vegetation products to help monitor and predict drought severity and provide valuable information for the agricultural community. JPSS data also informs the U.S. Drought Monitor Map, which shows drought conditions for each U.S. region and helps officials prevent food shortages. Satellite imagery tracks crop health which helps increase production for pantry staples like rice, wheat, barley, and corn.

JPSS data isn’t only used for farming on land, it’s also used by sustainable fisheries to predict harmful algal blooms, monitor sea surface temperatures and measure chlorophyll levels so they can deliver delicious seafood to your community.

Composite image with platters of food on a table with a field and sky in the background.

Pineapple Solar Salsa

On August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse was visible from the United States for the first time in almost 100 years. Satellites, like JPSS, were able to use this opportunity to learn about how the Earth’s conditions change during an eclipse event. This “sunny” pineapple salsa is a delicious way to celebrate the excitement of an eclipse.

Pumpkin Spice Sate-latte

Get cozy with this sweet treat and learn more about how JPSS data helps coffee farmers by contributing to the NOAA STAR Global Vegetation Health model.

A jar with colorful shreds of vegetables and raw radishes

Easy Pickled Vegetables

Pickled vegetables are a great way to preserve fresh flavors of the bounty from summer gardens and Farmer’s markets.

Bowl of pasta with tomato sauce and variety of grain products.

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta Sauce

JPSS helps agricultural scientists create models of thermal and grain health conditions that provide an early warning system by predicting harvest yields up to two months in advance.

Plate with colorful food and corn cob

Cajun Corn Maque Choux

Amy Leibrand, Science Communication Specialist for JPSS, contributed this delicious fresh corn salad. Corn is one of the most important crops in the world. Not only is corn an ingredient in most of the food that we eat, it is also used for animal feed for livestock and is a component in ethanol, biofuels and sustainable bio-based plastics.

Avocado half in front of a plate with colorful food

Avocado Feta Salsa

Data such as the Vegetation Health Index (VHI) help avocado farmers have reliable data about rainfall, temperature, and atmospheric conditions to help them produce a successful crop.

Vignette photo of prepared food rolls with grouping of rice husks and grain

Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Summer rolls use delicate rice paper wrappers to create a light and customizable meal. Climate data and advanced weather forecasting from JPSS instruments help rice farmers grow enough rice to feed people across the globe.

Cauliflower florets in front of a plate with colorful food

Cauliflower Nachos

Victor Grycenkov, NOAA Deputy Director at Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), shares his recipe along with remarks on working at JPSS and advocating for access to healthy food. 

Cooked food portions and clam shells.

Baked Clams with Garlic & Butter

Not all harvests take place on land! Vanda Lewis at North Carolina Sea Grant submitted this tasty seafood recipe. JPSS monitors ocean temperature and reports on harmful algal blooms, two factors that can impact fisheries.