The on-going project to monitor the health of many weather
and climate observing networks will be addressing remote sensing networks. These include:
Remote sensing networks to be addressed in the
- Geostationary Operational Evironmental Satellite (GOES)
Circling the Earth in a geosynchronous orbit, GOES satellites provide constant
monitoring of severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms, and hurricanes.
Satellite imagery is also used to estimate rainfall amounts and snowfall accumulations and the extent
of snow cover as well as aid in the detection of ice fields and sea and lake ice movement.
- Polar-orbiting Operational Evironmental Satellite (POES)
With its polar orbiting, data the POES satellites
supports a wide range of environmental monitoring. POES data
are used in forecasting, climate research and prediction, sea surface
temperature measurements, volcanic eruption monitoring, forest fire
detection, and global vegetation analysis.