GOES-10 Realtime images
SSEC currently provides online access to data from NOAA’s GOES-10. Formerly GOES-West over the United States, GOES-10 now routinely gathers data over Central and South America.
The transfer of GOES-10 is a part of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) project, which is a collaborative effort between NOAA and partners in the Americas and the Caribbean. GOES-10 is the first geostationary sounder to routinely gather data over South America in more than 20 years. Additionally, the GOES-10 Imager conducts routine scans of the southern hemisphere. This is particularly useful when the current GOES-East imager conducts rapid scans over North America. During rapid scans, the imager gathers data over South America every three hours. GOES-10 provides continous coverage every 15 minutes, meaning that South America is not left without satellite data.
SSEC helped with the GOES-10 check-in/check-out as the satellite moved from 135W to its current position at 60W longitude. Tim Schmit (NOAA at SSEC) is a member of the GOES-10 technical team.
While in transit, SSEC collected a unique dataset of one-minute imagery. The GOES-10 one-minute images allow SSEC researchers to more closely monitor the evolution of atmospheric features. These data offer a preview of the improved temporal resolution imaging anticipated with the next generation geostationary imager.