Category: Expertise: Observing Systems

Oct 1, 2015

MODIS: A Decade of Sea Surface Temperatures

Satellite-based instruments are the best tools we have for measuring sea surface temperatures (SSTs) on a global scale, but turning infrared sensor data into accurate…

Aug 21, 2015

Net Surface Shortwave Radiation from GOES Imagery—Product Evaluation Using Ground-Based Measurements from SURFRAD

The balance of incoming and outgoing radiation at the Earth’s surface plays a crucial role in how energy and water is exchanged between the surface…

Jul 16, 2015

Extending the Soil Moisture Record

Long-term data on soil moisture can be invaluable for making decisions about agricultural irrigation, understanding and predicting drought, and improving global climate models. Unfortunately, accurate…

Jul 13, 2015

Calibrating Satellite Data to Better Understand Clouds

The International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) collects and analyzes satellite data in order to advance our understanding of clouds—how they are distributed around the…

Apr 10, 2015

Winter Severity and Frost Depth in a Warming Climate

In many areas of the country, proper building design and construction depend on accurate expectations of how deeply the ground will freeze in the winter.…

Feb 27, 2015

PERSIANN: Climate Data Record and Smartphone App

The Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) at the University of California, Irvine, a partner of CICS-NC, has developed a smartphone/tablet application called “RainMapper”…

Oct 29, 2014

Validation of Land Surface Temperature products derived from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer

Satellites provide critical weather and climate data, including measurements of surface temperature, but extracting temperature information from raw satellite data requires sophisticated data-processing algorithms. Jim…

Oct 29, 2014

The Impact of Raindrop Collisional Processes on the Polarimetric Radar Variables

Olivier Prat of CICS-NC and co-author Matthew Kumjian recently examined the complex, very small-scale processes of rainfall by combining model simulations of rainfall microphysics with…

Oct 2, 2014

New Weather Station at Isothermal Community College

A new weather station on the campus of Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC, fills a critical gap in data coverage for southwestern North Carolina.…

Dec 13, 2013

CICS-NC Develops An Interactive Map To Engage With NOAA Climate Data Users

The U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) is a network of climate monitoring stations maintained and operated by NOAA to provide climate-science-quality measurements of air temperature…