The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) provides critical data for accurately monitoring global weather and climate patterns aboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) spacecraft and future next-generation weather satellites.
Suomi NPP is a bridge mission between the current polar weather satellite system and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System. VIIRS represents the latest in a series of progressively capable technologies meteorologists use to increase the precision of their weather forecasting.
As a key part of the weather forecasting data chain, VIIRS replaces and improves upon sensing technology that in some cases is 30 years old. VIIRS provides highly detailed imagery of global storm patterns, with multi-band imaging capabilities that support the acquisition of high-resolution atmospheric imagery for a variety of other applied products, including detection of fires, smoke, and atmospheric aerosols. VIIRS also provides imagery of clouds under sunlit and nighttime conditions in about a dozen visible and infrared bands.
By improving meteorologists’ forecasting ability, VIIRS can help improve planning, and reduce costs, associated with major weather events.