Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies / University of Wisconsin-Madison (CIMSS-WISC)

CIMSS is a Cooperative Institute formed through a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in 1980. Directed by Dr. Steve Ackerman, CIMSS operates as an institute within the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC). CIMSS scientists conduct research using remote sensing systems for meteorological and surface-based applications.

The CIMSS mission includes three goals:


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Heatwaves: Scientist identify atmospheric wave pattern

NASA’s Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) sensor

Scientists of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have identified a distinctive atmospheric wave pattern high above the Northern Hemisphere that can foreshadow the emergence of summertime heat waves in the United States more than two weeks in advance. The study was conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is NCAR's sponsor. NASA scientists helped guide the project and are involved in broader research in this area.

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Mon, 28/10/2013 - 10:18

India and US to launch joint weather satellite

Bombay seen from space by ESA's Proba satellite.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will jointly build and launch an all-weather satellite to support disaster and risk management, understanding movement of tectonic plates to climate change and estimation of crop and tree cover, as reported the Deccan Chronicle.


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Fri, 04/10/2013 - 11:51

TRMM (Rainfall Estimation) Online Visualization and Analysis System (TOVAS)

USA: Satellite measurements for unusual rainfall over Midwest

Affected territories from Oklahoma to Tennessee

Data provided by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite has helped experts to analyze the unusual flash floods that affected territories from Oklahoma to Tennessee during the first two weeks of August 2013 causing at least two deaths and damages in hundreds of homes and other structures. Moreover, during the previous month of July the affected states had already received more rain than average.

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Mon, 19/08/2013 - 14:20

Satellites help scientists and first responders to track fires around the globe

Satellites help scientists and first responders to track fires around the globe

For more than a decade Earth-observing satellites have been scanning the surface of our planet searching for fires while scientists combine their space-based data to predict crucial fire behavior and therefore try to mitigate potential damages. In the western United States, California and Colorado, the 2013 wildfire season has started earlier than normal due to the favorable conditions for fire present in this area.

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Mon, 12/08/2013 - 16:22

NASA's Terra satellite spots Tropical Storm Jebi over Vietnam

On 3 August 2013 Tropical Storm Jebi made its second landfall in Vietnam

On 3 August 2013, NASA's Terra satellite captured an infrared image of Tropical Storm Jebi as it was tracking north of Hanoi after making its second landfall in Vietnam. Jebi is the fifth tropical cyclone to affect Vietnam in 2013, which as reported by the officials from the Quang Ninh province flood and storm response department, has caused several damages to the country that include numerous power outages, six people died, crops and damages on 320 homes.

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Tue, 06/08/2013 - 09:08

NASA's Aqua satellite shows wildfires in central Russia

 Intense heat wave in central Russia

On July 25, 2013 the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured valuable images from the Khanty-Mansiyskiy and Yamal-Nenetskiy districts of Russia, showing the smoke billowing from large fires that have been affecting this region during the month of July.

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Tue, 30/07/2013 - 16:44

NASA's Aqua satellite tracks Tropical Storm Flossie

Flossie is moving toward the west

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS mechanism aboard the NASA's Aqua satellite captured infrared images of Tropical Storm Flossie on July 25 2013, providing helpful data such as the temperature, the strongest storms and the heaviest rains within Flossie. On the basis of the available information, the National Hurricane Center, or NHC, expects that Flossie will keep moving toward the west for the next couple of days as it has been doing until now. Nevertheless, NHC also anticipates some strengthening of Flossie's winds during the next 48 hours.

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Fri, 26/07/2013 - 13:14

GPS helps to measure and map hurricane wind speeds

Hurricane winds measured by GPS

By analyzing the distorted GPS signals during storms, researchers have discovered a new way of measuring and mapping the wind speeds of hurricanes. The discovery is of great importance for the disaster and risk management community, since better knowledge about storm behavior can help determine the direction and severity of the storms approaching.

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Thu, 25/07/2013 - 11:02


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