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SPoRT LIS Soil Moisture Assessment - Application for the U.S. Drought Monitor from WFO Raleigh
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:14:19
NASA SPoRT has developed a real-time configuration of the NASA Land Information System (LIS) that runs over much of the central and eastern United States at 3-km grid spacing. The LIS produces several products including a suite of soil moisture products that can be used as a tool for assessing drought and flooding potential. WFO [...]
SPoRT Response to Tornado Damage and Recovery in Moore, Oklahoma
On May 20, 2013, the city of Moore, Oklahoma was struck by an EF-5 tornado that devastated a large swath of the community. In response to the event, the SPoRT team developed several products as part of an ongoing feasibility study to examine the utility of NASA, NOAA, and commercial satellite data in responding to disaster events. Immediately following the event, the VIIRS day-night band was used to identify power outages across Moore, Oklahoma and southern portions of Oklahoma City that resulted from the storm. As skies cleared from west to east, cloud-free imagery from the morning of May 21 was compared to the morning of May 20 and difference imagery identified the outage area. SPoRT distributed the VIIRS day-night band imagery through a tiled imagery viewer and shared results with end-user partners and NASA Headquarters management.
Image of the Day
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This is an example of SPoRT's high-resolution Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Composite product. Values over the Great Lakes are derived using a blend of the MODIS and GLERL SST products. This example shows significant detail in the surface water temperature structure across sections of each lake on 5 June 2014. Note that patches of ice were still present in western Lake Superior.
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.