Latest Microwave radiometer Stories

2014-04-09 16:44:10

Detecting drought before it causes more catastrophe: the news could go down like a cool drink of water for regions feeling the heat. University of Cincinnati researchers are at work tracking drought patterns across the United States. Qiusheng Wu, a doctoral student and research assistant for the UC Department of Geography, and Hongxing Liu, a UC professor and head of the Department of Geography, will present details this week at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers...

Antarctic Research Shows SMOS And GOCE Data Similarities
2014-01-09 12:58:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers who braved the harsh conditions of the Antarctic ice sheet will help bring about a better understanding of what lies beneath the South Pole. Dome-C on the Antarctic Plateau is one of the coldest places on Earth. The region is extremely dry and is essentially a cold-barren white desert. While these conditions are not ideal for a vacation, they do offer a stable place to check the validity of data from the European Space...

SMOS Becomes Hurricane Hunter
2012-02-11 04:08:09

[ Animation of Hurricane Igor Surface Winds ] 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. The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite carries a novel microwave radiometer to capture images of ℠brightness temperature´. These images correspond to radiation emitted...

2011-12-03 12:13:20

A remarkable ESA campaign in one of the remotest regions on Earth has been fundamental in ensuring that the SMOS mission is delivering reliable data to improve our understanding of Earth´s water cycle. The two-year campaign set out to answer a simple but important question: do the microwave signals of a particular wavelength emitted from the surface the Antarctic ice shelf towards the SMOS satellite change over time? For a satellite mission that maps variations in soil...

2011-09-06 09:55:00

Radiometrics Corporation announces successful deployments of the MP-3000A radiometer system for improved prediction of short-term weather impacting wind power generation and utility load forecasting. Additionally, a radiometer recently deployed with the U.S. National Weather Service is providing real-time data for a regional air traffic control center. Boulder, Colorado (PRWEB) September 06, 2011 Radiometrics Corporation, a privately held company headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, has...

2011-08-22 19:51:31

Members of the driving force behind ESA's SMOS mission have been awarded the prestigious Certificate of Recognition by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society for their leadership in developing the first synthetic aperture microwave radiometer in space and for the success of the mission. The Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society awards certificates of this kind only every two to three years, and only when a significant achievement is recognized by the society's Administrative...

2011-06-08 13:35:00

By Dauna Coulter, Science@NASA A new observatory is about to leave Earth to map a powerful compound of global importance: Common everyday sea salt. Researchers suspect that the salinity of Earth's oceans has far-reaching effects on climate, much as the salt levels within our bodies influence our own delicate internal balance. An international team of scientists from NASA and the Space Agency of Argentina, or CONAE, will investigate this possibility with the aid of a satellite named...

2011-05-26 09:48:24

Written by Rosemary Sullivant, NASA/JPL The breakthrough moment for oceanographer Gary Lagerloef, the principal investigator for NASA's new Aquarius mission, came in 1991. That's when he knew it would be possible to make precise measurements of ocean salinity from space. It has taken nearly two decades to turn that possibility into a reality. Lagerloef was looking at data collected by a NASA aircraft flying over the ocean off the coast of Maryland. It was testing a new radiometer, an...

2011-05-17 14:45:00

Final preparations are under way for the June 9 launch of the international Aquarius/SAC-D observatory. The mission's primary instrument, Aquarius, will study interactions between ocean circulation, the water cycle and climate by measuring ocean surface salinity. Engineers at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California are performing final tests before mating Aquarius/SAC-D to its Delta II rocket. The mission is a collaboration between NASA and Argentina's space agency, Comision Nacional de...

2011-04-07 09:03:41

Melissa Quijada, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. With more than a few stamps on its passport, NASA's Aquarius instrument on the Argentinian Sat©lite de Aplicaciones Científicas (SAC)-D spacecraft will soon embark on its space mission to "taste" Earth's salty ocean. After a journey of development and assembly through NASA facilities, a technology center in Bariloche, Argentina, and testing chambers in Brazil, the Aquarius instrument, set to measure the...

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