Satellite data and snowfall tracking: its implications for weather forecasting

Accident caused by heavy snowfall in Virginia, USA. Image: Joe Loong

A new data product developed by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), and NASA’s Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) Center will be able to provide a more quick and effective calculation of snowfall rates by satellite.

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Wed, 09/05/2018 - 15:58

International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium

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23/07/2018 to 27/07/2018

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Mon, 23/07/2018


Feria Valencia

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  • Spain

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• Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
• IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

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SERVIR’S Streamflow forecasting project now collaborating with RCMRD in East Africa

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From 13-15 March 2017, staff from the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) was trained on stream flow forecasting methodologies entitled “Hydrological modeling using a multi-model approach”. The aim was to transfer the required skills to RCMRD staff  involved with SERVIR activities as a way to implement the stream flow forecast project. The project is a collaborative effort led by the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona, NASA’s SERVIR program and the Intergrated Water Resources Management unit at UNESCO (ICIWaRM-UNESCO).


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Bangladesh: Expanding the satellite-based flood warning system

The Ganges Brahmaputra Meghna (GBM) river basins and the Ganges-Brahmaputra (GB) delta as well as other river deltas

Bangladesh has announced that it will expand its satellite-based flood forecasting and warning system, developed by SERVIR and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development ICIMOD. SERVIR is a mechanism established by NASA and regional institutions.

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Wed, 11/03/2015 - 15:35

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South African Weather Service

The South African Weather Service has a variety of weather products and services which include:

·         Specialised weather forecasting services;

·         Value-added climate information including real-time lightning information, lightning verifications and publications;

·         Meteorological consultations, including advice to the legal and insurance industries;

·         Manufacturing and selling of meteorological equipment, with a rental option as well as maintenance of the equipment.


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European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF) is an indipendent intergovernmental organization supported by 34 states.

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SMOS water mission turns hurricane hunter

ESA’s Earth Explorers have again shown how they are surpassing expectations. Designed to map soil moisture and ocean salinity, the versatile SMOS satellite has demonstrated that it can also offer unique information to improve hurricane forecasts.

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Mon, 13/02/2012 - 15:20

Disaster management center up in forum

The Philippines will seek assistance in setting up a disaster management center at next week’s forum of lawmakers in the region in Japan, a senator said yesterday.


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Tue, 10/01/2012 - 15:01


The SERVIR mechanism is a joint venture between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It integrates satellite observations, ground-based data and forecast models to help developing nations in Eastern and Southern Africa, West Africa, the Hindu-Kush region of the Himalayas, the lower Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia and the Amazon region of South America manage climate risks and land use.


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Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) - Now COPERNICUS

Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) is a European Union-led initiative for the implementation of information services dealing with environment and security. GMES is based on observation data received from Earth Observation satellites and ground based information. By securing the sustainability of an information infrastructure necessary to produce output information in the form of maps, datasets, reports or targeted alerts GMES helps people and organizations to take action, make appropriate policy decisions and decide on necessary investments.


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