SPoRT has a long-standing history of transitioning NASA remote sensing research and capabilities into products that improve short-term weather forecasting. Over the past 20 years, SPoRT has prepared the operational weather community for the capabilities of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R). In addition, SPoRT researched the output data from the NASA Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and NASA/NOAA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instruments to experimentally transition passive microwave imagery, precipitation, and snowfall into end-user products.
The main focus of the Synoptic and Mesoscale Processes focus area includes the development of products derived from NASA/NOAA Hyperspectral Infrared Sounders such as Gridded NOAA Unique Combined Atmospheric Processing System (NUCAPS) and NUCAPS-Forecast, Limb-Correction and Intercalibration of geostationary imagery to improve multispectral composites across the constellation of geostationary sensors. Also in development is SPoRT’s DustTracker-Artifical Intelligence product, which is a physically based machine learning model identifying dust in satellite imagery. Additionally, SPoRT is collaborating with NASA’s Applied Sciences program to inform applications for the future Decadal Survey Earth System Observatory Atmosphere Observing System Mission.