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The most important instrument you’ve never heard of

October 7, 2021

For a little-known satellite instrument, the microwave sounder has a major impact on our lives. These instruments feed the weather models that inform our daily forecasts and help us plan for extreme weather. And their long-term temperature records of our atmosphere have played a key role in helping scientists determine that humans are the cause of climate change. The Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder, or ATMS, is the size of a mini fridge, and it’s hitched to the Joint Polar Satellite System’s NOAA-20 and Suomi-NPP satellites.

This multimedia storymap tells their story.