NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations

SPECIAL MESSAGE:

GOES-13 Sounder IR data is not available. All products from GOES-13 (GOES-East) Sounder IR data have been halted and distribution has been stopped except the Sounder ASOS SCP products for CONUS, which are replaced with GOES-East Imager ASOS SCP products for CONUS. Engineers are investigating the problem.

Operational Significant Event Imagery (OSEI) Products

    Operational Products
Image of the Day High-resolution, detailed imagery of significant environmental events which are visible in remotely-sensed data. An image is produced daily, Monday through Friday, by the NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory (EVL).

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OSEI Archive Website

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OSEI Resolution: N/A Frequency: Daily
    Archive Imagery
Dust Storms Product is made using a combination of POES/AVHRR, GOES/Imager, Meteosat/MVIRI, and MTSAT-1R for detection of dust storms.

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Dust Storm example image


GOES, POES, Meteosat, MODIS, or MTSAT-1R Resolution: Varies Frequency: Event Driven
Fire Product is made from a combination of POES/AVHRR, GOES/Imager, Meteosat/MVIRI, and MTSAT-1R for detection of fires. The data is used to calculate ground temperature and albedo, from which fire spots may be identified by use of a thresholding algorithm. The output from the analysis is a printout of the position and size of the fire spot, together with imagery showing the burning and burn-out areas, smoke, etc. Forest and grassland maps are then used to identify the nature of the ground cover where the fire is located.

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Example of smoke and fire in satellite image


GOES, POES, Meteosat, MODIS, or MTSAT-1R Resolution: Varies Frequency: Event Driven
Icebergs Product is made from a combination of POES/AVHRR, GOES/Imager, Meteosat/MVIRI, and MTSAT-1R for detection of snow and ice coverage over land and sea.

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Iceberg example in satellite imagery


GOES, POES, Meteosat, MODIS, or MTSAT-1R Resolution: Varies Frequency: Event Driven
Ocean Product is made from a combination of AVHRR channels for the especially when a large event (such as a hurricane) causes a disruption in the normal temperature distribution.

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colorful depiction of sea surface temperature


GOES, POES, Meteosat, MODIS, or MTSAT-1R Resolution: Varies Frequency: Event Driven
Severe Weather Product is made from a combination of POES/AVHRR, GOES/Imager, Meteosat/MVIRI, and MTSAT-1R for detection of severe weather

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satellite image of severe thunderstorms over Texas


GOES, POES, Meteosat, MODIS, or MTSAT-1R Resolution: Varies Frequency: Event Driven
Snow Cover Product is made from a combination of POES/AVHRR, GOES/Imager, Meteosat/MVIRI, and MTSAT-1R for detection of snow and ice coverage over land and sea.

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snow cover of the northern US from satellite imagery


GOES, POES, Meteosat, MODIS, or MTSAT-1R Resolution: Varies Frequency: Event Driven
Tropical Cyclones Product is made from the POES/AVHRR, GOES/Imager, Meteosat/MVIRI, and MTSAT-1R to improve the lead time for tropical storms forecasting. Satellite images are used to provide the tropical cyclone center locations and track their motion. Additionally, pattern analysis techniques and cloud top temperature information are used to estimate present intensity. to improve the lead time for tropical storms forecasting. Satellite images are used to provide the tropical cyclone center locations and track their motion. Additionally, pattern analysis techniques and cloud top temperature information are used to estimate present intensity.

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hurricane off the eastern US viewed from satellite


GOES, POES, Meteosat, MODIS, or MTSAT-1R Resolution: Varies Frequency: Event Driven
Volcanoes Product is made from a combination of POES/AVHRR, GOES/Imager, Meteosat/MVIRI, and MTSAT for detecting volcanic eruptions and tracking and analyzing the horizontal extent of volcanic ash clouds. Data from channels 3-5 can give information on plume temperatures and detect "hot spots" at the eruption site.

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satellite image of a volcanic ash plume


GOES, POES, Meteosat, MODIS, or MTSAT-1R Resolution: Varies Frequency: Event Driven