JAMI introduces the next generation of operational GEO (Geosynchronous Earth Orbit) weather imagers and provides enhanced spatial sampling, radiometric sensitivity, Earth coverage and 24-hour observation capability.
Raytheon Company's Japanese Advanced Meteorological Imager has been successfully launched on board Japan's Multi-functional Transport Satellite-1 Replacement (MTSAT-1R) and is now providing new images of earth.
MTSAT fulfills a meteorological mission by providing timely, high quality, full-disk multispectral imagery for operational weather needs in Japan, East Asia and Australia. In addition, it fulfills a civil aviation mission by relaying digitized voice data and other data for aircraft along with radio navigation signals.
JAMI breaks through limitations of earlier geosynchronous weather imagers with significant improvements in spatial resolution, radiometric sensitivity and calibration.
Higher spatial resolution data improves cloud edge detection and tracking, which results in more accurate wind drift information, improved capability to describe and forecast behavior of rapidly evolving weather systems, and improved typhoon tracking.
Improved environmental monitoring provided by JAMI will reduce the impact and cost of natural hazards such as typhoons and forest fires by enabling the best possible warnings and providing information to minimize damage and allow most efficient evacuation.