NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Imager Data

National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Imager Data

browse graphicFull disk view of visible imagery from the GOES-East satellite.
The NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) series provides continuous measurements of the atmosphere and surface over the Western Hemisphere. The GOES satellites circle the Earth in a geosynchronous orbit, which means they orbit the equatorial plane of the Earth at a speed matching the Earth's rotation. This orbit allows them to hover continuously over one position on the surface of the Earth. The geosynchronous plane is about 35,800 km (22,300 miles) above the Earth, high enough to allow the satellites a full-disc view of the Earth. The GOES-East satellite is positioned over the equator at 75 degrees West longitude, and the GOES-West satellite is positioned at 135 degrees West longitude. The GOES Imager is a five-channel (one visible, four infrared) imaging radiometer designed to sense radiant and solar reflected energy from sampled areas of the earth. GOES data are used by researchers for understanding interactions between land, ocean, atmosphere, and climate. GOES Variable (GVAR) format is the data transmission format used to broadcast environmental data measured by the independent GOES Imager and Sounder instruments, beginning with GOES-8 launched in 1994. Data distribution formats available to users are raw, AREA, NetCDF, GIF, and JPEG.
  • Users should cite this dataset when used as a source.
  • gov.noaa.class:GVAR_IMG
  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C00681
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Distribution Formats
  • GVAR
  • AREA
  • GIF
  • JPEG
Distributor Customer Engagement Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
1-828-271-4800
ncei.sat.info@noaa.gov
Dataset Point of Contact Axel Graumann
Customer Engagement Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
1-828-271-4800
ncei.sat.info@noaa.gov
Coverage Description gov.noaa.ncdc:GVAR_IMG.BoundingExtent
Time Period 1994-08-31 to Present
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 85
S: -85
E: -5
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Processing Documents
        Associated Resources
        • GOES I-M DataBook
          • GOES I-M DataBook
            A summary and technical overview of the GOES I-M system, its satellites, subsystems, sensor suite, and associated ground communication and data handling subsystems.
        • NOAA Technical Report NESDIS-82 - An Introduction to the GOES I-M Imager and Sounder Instruments and the GVAR Retransmission Format
          • NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 82
            The purpose of this document is to acquaint users with the characteristics of the processed instrument data that are available from the new series of GOES satellites.
        • Resource title not available.
        Publication Dates
        • publication: 1994-08-31
        Data Presentation Form Digital image
        Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
        Data Update Frequency Continual
        Purpose The GOES satellite series archive provides a long-term, continuous observation record of the atmospheric and surface conditions over the Western Hemisphere.
        Dataset Citation
        • Users should cite this dataset when used as a source.
        Cited Authors
        • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO > Office of Satellite and Product Operations, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
        Originators
        • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO > Office of Satellite and Product Operations, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
        Publishers
        • NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
        • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
        Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
        • Earth Science > Spectral/Engineering > Infrared Wavelengths > Brightness Temperatures
        • Earth Science > Spectral/Engineering > Infrared Wavelengths > Infrared Imagery
        • Earth Science > Spectral/Engineering > Infrared Wavelengths > Infrared Radiance
        • Earth Science > Spectral/Engineering > Visible Wavelengths > Visible Imagery
        • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Reflectance
        • Earth Science > Land Surface > Surface Radiative Properties > Reflectance
        NGDA Portfolio Themes
        • Ngda
        • National Geospatial Data Asset
        • Climate And Weather Theme
        Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
        • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
        • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
        Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
        • Geographic Region > Equatorial
        • Geographic Region > Mid-Latitude
        • Geographic Region > Northern Hemisphere
        • Geographic Region > Southern Hemisphere
        • Geographic Region > Tropics
        • Geographic Region > Western Hemisphere
        • Continent > North America > United States Of America
        • Ocean > Atlantic Ocean
        • Ocean > Pacific Ocean
        NOAA GOES Scan Sectors
        • Conus Scan Sector
        • Full Disk Scan Sector
        • Northern Hemisphere Scan Sector
        • Northern Hemisphere Extended Scan Sector
        • Southern Hemisphere Scan Sector
        • Southern Hemisphere Small Sector
        • Super Rapid Scan Operations (maryland) Scan Sector
        • Pacus Scan Sector
        • Sub-conus Scan Sector
        • Super Rapid Scan Operations Scan Sector
        Use Constraints
        • Users should cite this dataset when used as a source.
        • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
        Access Constraints
        • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
        Fees
        • In most cases, electronic downloads of the data are free, however fees may apply for data certifications, copies of analog materials, and data distribution on physical media.
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        Processing Steps
        • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
        Acquisition Information (collection)
        Instrument
        • GOES I-M Imager
        • GOES I-M Imager
        • GOES I-M Sounder
        • GOES I-M Imager
        • GOES I-M Sounder
        • GOES I-M Imager
        • GOES I-M Sounder
        • GOES I-M Imager
        • GOES I-M Sounder
        • GOES I-M Imager
        • GOES I-M Sounder
        Platform
        • GOES-11 > Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 11
        • GOES-8 > Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 8
        • GOES-9 > Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 9
        • GOES-10 > Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 10
        • GOES-12 > Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 12
        Operation
        • GOES > NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites
        Last Modified: 2018-11-05
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