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Satellite Climatology Applications

The most common type of satellite climatology is a cloud composite, which is a measure of the frequency/persistence of clouds over a particular region. Cloud composites can be derived from geostationary or polar orbiting satellites, but the work here focuses on the use of GOES imagery. Because of the great spatial coverage, diurnal composites of imagery over monthly, seasonal, and annual time scales can reveal the amplitude of diurnal cloudiness in relation to geographic features such as land/water boundaries and changes in elevation.

Current Projects (click on images for links):

USA

Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Tallahassee
Tallahassee
Conus
Conus
NWS Sites
NWS Sites

Spain (new)

Spain (new)

Central America

Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Central America
Central America

Caribbean

Barbados
Barbados

Completed Projects

Wakefield, VA
Wakefield, VA

Papers (Associated Reports, Journal Articles, Conference Papers, Newsletter Articles)