Suomi NPP research continues: NASA selects SSEC/CIMSS scientists

September 4, 2014 | Jean Phillips

The NASA Science Mission Directorate recently announced its selection of three SSEC/CIMSS proposals submitted in response to the Suomi NPP Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) announcement of opportunity. They were among less than 50 selected from a competitive group of 119 proposals.

The researchers will conduct the future work of the NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) Science Team, and will establish Science Investigator-led Processing Systems (SIPS) to produce the science data products to be developed by the team.

SSEC/CIMSS scientists selected are:

Liam Gumley, Suomi NPP Atmosphere SIPS

Atmosphere SIPS will be responsible for processing and reprocessing SNPP VIIRS aerosol and cloud products, providing assessment capabilities for these products, assisting the SNPP Science Team in developing and testing the product generation software, and delivering the products, software, browse imagery, and associated ancillary data and metadata to NASA for distribution.

Bryan Baum, NPP Science Team Member, Atmosphere Discipline Lead

The goal of this effort is to provide continuity of cloud top pressure and cloud infrared thermodynamic phase by combining CrIS and VIIRS measurements.

Eva Borbas, NPP Science Team Member

The proposed work provides for a continuation of EOS clear sky infrared total precipitable water vapor product using a combination of VIIRS and CrIMSS measurements.

SNPP is a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Department of Defense, dedicated to building the next-generation Earth-observing satellite system for collecting environmental data from Earth’s atmosphere, land, and oceans.

Acting as as a bridge between NASA’s Earth Observing System (EOS) of satellites and the future Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), the data collected by SNPP on short-term weather conditions and long-term climate change will complement and expand upon those established by the EOS series of satellites.