Remote Sensing Instruments for Weather and Climate

Microwave Instruments for Weather & Climate

microwave radiometerMeckenheim, Germany — Remote sensing at microwave frequencies by Radiometer Physics GmbH enables continuous observations of clear sky, cloudy, and rainy atmospheres.

Therefore, it is the method of choice for ground-based operational networks for atmospheric observations.

Three Different Technologies Cover a Wide Range of Applications:


New satellite-based global drought severity index

By: Isabella Velicogna & Meng Zhao , University of California, Irvine

satellite-based global drought severity indexNEW ORLEANS, LA, USA. — Just in time for the holidays, researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions are rolling out a new satellite-based drought severity index for climate watchers worldwide.

Relying on data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, the new satellite-based drought severity index adds terrestrial water storage (groundwater) to drought assessments, augmenting commonly used tools most often based on the amount of precipitation. (more…)

IMKO Micromodultechnik GmbH becomes part of Endress + Hauser

Maker of moisture measurement technology

Group photo with the new owners of Endress + Hauser. Links on the picture Mr. Dr. Andreas Mayr (Managing Director E + H Maulburg), right in the picture Mr. Holger Reichhold (CFO). In between, the motivated IMKO team. Ettlingen / DE —  As of October 01, 2017, the Endress + Hauser Group assumes the business of IMKO Micromodultechnik GmbH.

Endress + Hauser can address new customer segments and open up international markets for our products,” says the company’s founder Kurt Köhler. “As a family enterprise, Endress + Hauser also stands for the same values as IMKO’s corporate culture.

Kurt Köhler will continue to accompany the transition for another year. Mr. Karsten Köhler will continue to be responsible for sales and marketing.

For our customers, partners and suppliers everything remains as usual: the products, the brands as well as the respective contact person remain for granted. (more…)

Solve your weather radar and display challenges

Meteorological Technology World Expo booth 10000

CLEAN-AP™ Clutter SuppressionOnline  —  Do you want your radar calibrated, and eliminating clutter constantly and automatically in all types of changing environments, across your entire radar network without the need for specialized knowledge or staff?

Do you have challenging terrain that limits the usefulness and understandability of your radar data?

CLEAN AP™ clutter suppression allows your radar to constantly and automatically account for terrain without clutter maps. This unique technology is available from Baron through an exclusive agreement with the University of Oklahoma. (more…)

Next set of Copernicus Sentinel-3A ocean data flow towards users

Posted on January 14, 2017 by Press Release

wind speed
Measurements of wind speed provided by EUMETSAT in near real time,

Online  — The Synthetic Aperture Radar Altimeter (SRAL) on board Sentinel-3 has been designed to deliver accurate measurements of sea surface height, significant wave height and surface wind speeds over the world’s oceans for Copernicus ocean forecasting systems and for monitoring sea level change.

With the arrival of the latest set of data, Meteorological Institutes and ocean modellers will now be able to start assimilating the Sentinel-3 altimeter data into their models.

These data will help to improve the determination and prediction of ocean currents, significant wave height and wind speed.


NASA small satellites will take a fresh look at Earth

difference in scale between a small sat, a human, and a traditional large satellite.
An illustration of the difference in scale between a  traditional large satellite, a human, and a small sat. Click on image to see more Credits
Chris Meaney (HTSI): Lead Animator, Adriana Manrique Gutierrez (USRA): Animator Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Lead Videographer

Online  —  Beginning this month, NASA is launching a suite of six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellite missions to demonstrate innovative new approaches for studying our changing planet.

These small satellites range in size from a loaf of bread to a small washing machine and weigh from a few to 400 pounds (180 kilograms).

Their small size keeps development and launch costs down as they often hitch a ride to space as a “secondary payload” on another mission’s rocket — providing an economical avenue for testing new technologies and conducting science.

“NASA is increasingly using small satellites to tackle important science problems across our mission portfolio,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

“They also give us the opportunity to test new technological innovations in space and broaden the involvement of students and researchers to get hands-on experience with space systems.”

See how Arctic sea ice is losing its bulwark against warming summers

Retreating older Arctic ice September 1984 and September 2016

2016 artic sea ice
Compare the extension of older sea ice in the Arctic in September 1984 and September 2016. The older ice is thicker and more resistant to melt than new ice, so it protects the sea ice cap during warm summers.
In September 1984, there were 1.86 million square kilometers of old ice (5 years or older) left throughout the Arctic sea ice cap during its yearly minimum extent.

In September 2016, there were only 110,000 square kilometers of older sea ice left.
Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio.


Download this video in HD formats from NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio by clicking here.

Online  —  Arctic sea ice, the vast sheath of frozen seawater floating on the Arctic Ocean and its neighboring seas, has been hit with a double whammy over the past decades: as its extent shrank.

The oldest and thickest ice has either thinned or melted away, leaving the sea ice cap more vulnerable to the warming ocean and atmosphere. (more…)