...developing products from environmental satellites for improved monitoring of the earth-atmosphere...


  • Research activities include the development of algorithms to estimate cloud properties, vertical profiles of temperature and moisture, atmospheric motion, and fire characteristics; the planning and specification of future advanced satellite systems and instrumentation; and the application of procedures to validate the calibration of measured radiances from current satellite sensors.
  • The ASPB performs research on the quantitative use of satellite products in numerical weather prediction systems and assists in the implementation of these new techniques and products into the NESDIS operational product suite, including real-time product demonstrations.
  • The Branch cooperates with the user community to maximize the benefit of satellite observations in the global observing system. This is achieved through participation in national and international forums and collaboration with scientists at major modeling and satellite development centers.
  • The Branch provides training to the user community through courses and seminars, computer-based learning modules, and journal articles.
  • The ASPB is part of the Cooperative Research Program (CoRP) within the Center for SaTellite Applications and Research (STAR) in NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). The Branch is co-located with the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) and collaborates extensively with UW scientists.