|Channel No.||Central Wavelength
(E/W x N/S)
|1||0.65||0.57 x 1.00||visible, VIS|
The GOES visible wavelength channel produces images which can be thought of as black-and-white photographs of the earth and clouds from outer space. During the daylight hours, it is the most widely used channel because it has the highest resolution of the five imaging channels, and because it approximates what we see with the human eye.
The primary utility of the VIS channel imagery is in the day-time monitoring of thunderstorms and tropical cyclones. These applications are discussed in the following pages covering Channel 1. Some other interesting features that can be distinguished with the GOES visible imagery are shown in the imagery below. These image "thumbnails" may be individually clicked upon with the mouse in order to bring up a larger image that shows the feature/s defined under them.
|Wet Ground||Blowing Dust||Snow and Ice|