Thursday, August 6, 2015   |   Business Intelligence, Scientific Development

Smooth Moves – How Meteorologists Can Prepare for Faster, Better Satellite Imagery

The next GOES weather satellite won’t be launching until next year, but one of its next-generation features will be previewed to Baron customers beginning next week.

Called SRSOR, short for Super Rapid Scan Operations, this experimental capability allows meteorologists to receive new Visible Satellite scans every minute, in very high-resolution. Cloud cover imagery is clear and vibrant, allowing storm features to be easily discerned, with an impressive fluidity when the data lapses.



SRSOR won’t be a common data product until the launch and commissioning of GOES-R, currently planned for launch in October 2016. However, using the existing GOES-14 satellite, in orbit around the earth for the past several years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration occasionally tests the new rapid-scan imagery with the already-deployed equipment. In the past, SRSOR data has been used to obtain smoothly lapsing views of thunderstorm-laden fronts, wildfire plumes, and the spiraling expanse of Hurricane Sandy. Baron provided the Sandy imagery to its customers during that storm.



A sophisticated camera named the Advanced Baseline Imager will be responsible for obtaining SRSOR data onboard the GOES-R spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA and NOAA

The next expected round of SRSOR testing is scheduled for August 10-21, 2015. During this time, Baron customers subscribed to the Data Innovations package will have access to super rapid-scan imagery, as it is available from the GOES-14 satellite—a great opportunity for meteorologists to work with the data well ahead of its widespread deployment.

In the meantime, more information on the display of SRSOR imagery is available to Omni users at the Baron support site.