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Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC): Real-Time Satellite Data
These real-time and forecast satellite images and derivative animations predominantly depict atmospheric and meteorological phenomena (including water vapor) in either the visible or infrared (IR) spectrums. Updates are made at intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 48 hours. Of particular note are a series of real-time Composite Satellite Images, including the Space Science and Engineering Center's (SSEC) Global Montage (an animation), the Rotating Globe movie, and an Antarctic Composite. The forecast images cover national and regional scales, and predict wind speed, precipitation, surface temperature, precipitable water, absolute vorticity, and mean sea pressure. For site-specific locales there are time series plots of temperature, dew point temperature, wind barbs and accumulated precipitation. Satellite data derived from the Geostationary Operation Environmental Spectroradiometer (GOES) Sounder, including images (and animations) is based either on individual bands or multiband composites depicting precipitable water, lifted index, cloud top pressure, sea surface temperature, and total column ozone. In addition to the atmospheric data on the site are up-to-date Sea Surface Temperature maps, as well as images and animations of the world's ten most active volcanoes.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Video
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
    • Modeled
    • Remotely sensed
  • Atmospheric science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
Shockwave player
QuickTime plug-in
Most images are provided using both jpg and gif (e.g., Shockwave player) format, while animations are provided in java and mpeg (e.g.,QuickTime) formats. Regional forecast animations reqiure either an mpeg viewer (e.g., QuickTime), or the FLI player (available for download from the site.)
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The data and information on these pages, including imagery, are offered free as a public service. For any commercial use, a donation is requested to support continuation of this service.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-967
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Terri Gregory
Space Science and Engineering Center

Publisher: Space Science and Engineering Center