NOAA Objectives

The NOAA satellites and instruments in the POES series are to collect environmental information. The data supports many applications, including the following:

  • Aerosols
  • Albedo and reflectance
  • Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature
  • Liquid water and precipitation rate
  • Multi-purpose imagery (land and ocean)
  • Radiation budget
  • Sea ice cover, edge and thickness
  • Snow cover, edge and depth
  • Surface temperature (land and ocean)
  • Vegetation
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