NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are about to launch a highly sophisticated weather satellite designed to help meteorologists around the world more accurately predict weather conditions.
According to NASA:
These spacecraft help meteorologists observe and forecast local weather events, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, fog, hurricanes, flash floods, and other severe weather events. In addition, GOES observations have proven useful for monitoring dust storms, volcanic eruptions and forest fires.
Benefits that directly improve the quality of human life and the protection of the earth’s environment include:
- Support for Search and Rescue Satellite System (SARSAT)
- Contribute to the development of global environmental warning services and the improvement of basic environmental services
- Improve real-time prediction and warning capability of solar disturbances
- Provide data that can be used to further knowledge and understanding of the atmosphere and its processes