SPoRT Science Seminar Series
SPoRT periodically hosts visitors to learn more about our program and team as well as to discuss opportunities for future collaboration. Typically, during these visits, the guest will present a seminar outlining his or her current work to help provide background on common interests. Please check back soon for information on the next seminar.
Wide World of SPoRT Blog
SPoRT LIS Soil Moisture as a Partial Indicator for Flooding Threat
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:08:13
Here at the Huntsville National Weather Service Forecast Office (NWSFO), we've been usingvarious SPoRT LIS parameters, namely absolute and relative soil moisture and skinand soil temperatures,for situational awareness purposesfor some time now.Specifically, I've been usingsoil moisturedata to help with drought monitoring application andsubsequent feedback to the U.S. Drought Monitor for a few years. But, we'll [...]
Product Status Page
Though we're not 24/7, SPoRT strives to provide the most timely and reliable data products to its partners and end users. A system has been developed to monitor the availability of LDM and FTP products and categorize each product based on its age. Summaries are posted every 10 minutes to the link below.
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Traditional GOES imagery can sometimes be difficult to use to distinguish between clouds and snow cover on the ground due to the similarity of the albedo of these features at visible wavelengths. Using the multispectral channels from MODIS, a false color composite can be made that distinguishes between clear ground, snow cover, and clouds. This image demonstrates this capability from a snow storm in the Tennessee River Valley. Here, clouds remain white, clear ground is green to aqua, and snow cover is designated by the various shades of red.
NASA SPoRT GOES-R proving ground activities
The NASA Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) program is a partner with the GOES-R Proving Ground (PG) helping prepare forecasters understand the unique products to come from the GOES-R instrument suite. SPoRT is working collaboratively with other members of the GOES-R PG team and Algorithm Working Group (AWG) scientists to develop and disseminate a suite of proxy products that address specific forecast problems for the WFOs, Regional and National Support Centers, and other NOAA users. These products draw on SPoRT's expertise with the transition and evaluation of products into operations from the MODIS instrument and the North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array (NALMA).