Apr 5, 2013
AVHRR Imagery from METOP-B AvailableImagery from Metop-B (fully operational on April 24, 2013) has been available since January 17, 2013.
Apr 5, 2013
Decommissioning NOAA-17Following almost 11 years of service NOAA-17 (NOAA-M prior to launch) will be decommissioned on April 10, 2013. Imagery from NOAA-17 is not been available at the Great Lakes CoastWatch node since September 28, 2010.
October 20, 2012
GOES-13 Returns to OperationGOES-13 Returns to Operation on October 20, 2012
September 26, 2012
GOES-14 Satellite Imagery is currently availableGOES-13 remains in an Earth pointing nominal attitude with the Imager and Sounder in Standby modes while the September 23 anomaly is being investigated. No estimate on return to operations at this time. Cause and corrective actions are under investigation. Only routine imaging schedules are currently available for GOES-14; however, rapid scan (RSO) schedules will be available beginning on September 26, 2012 at 0144 UTC (in the event of severe weather). GOES-14 is stationary at 105 degrees West with no current plans to drift east.
January 7, 2011
"Buffer zone" ( < 1/10 concentration ) around Perimeter of Great Lakes Dropped from GLSEA"Buffer zone" ( < 1/10 concentration ) around perimeter of Great Lakes dropped from GLSEA chart starting Jan. 5 2011
December 14, 2010
NOAA-17 Sea Surface Temperature Products DiscontinuedNOAA-17 Sea Surface Temperature products discontinued starting December 13, 2010
August 23, 2010
GLSEA (Full Resolution) Chart from 2003 to Current Year Now AvailableStarting on August 23, 2010, surface water temperature composite charts, from 2003 to current year, are available in full resolution (1024x1024).
August 28, 2009
AVHRR Imagery from METOP-2 and NOAA-19 AvailableStarting on February 19, 2009, AVHRR images from METOP-2 have been added to the Great Lakes CoastWatch suite of products. Starting on June 22, 2009, AVHRR images from the newly launched NOAA-19 satellite have been added to Great Lakes CoastWatch suite of products.
Starting June 19, 2009, AVHRR images from NOAA-16 are no longer available.
February 17, 2009
Great Lakes Average Ice ConcentrationGreat Lakes average ice concentration data and graphs are currently been produced from the biweeky NIC/Canadian Ice Service Great Lakes Ice Analysis Charts and are available at http://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/statistic/ice/.
December 4, 2008
CoastWatch Great Lakes Web Site and ftp Server will be UnvailableCoastWatch Great Lakes web and ftp users,
Please be advised that all GLERL sites will be unavailable starting sometime on Monday, December 22, 2008 and continuing into Wednesday, December 24, 2008. GLERL will be relocating to its new facility at 4840 S. State Rd., Ann Arbor during this time period. The outage may last longer if we encounter problems during the move.
June 4, 2008
CoastWatch Great Lakes Server UpgradeThe CoastWatch Great Lakes server is being upgraded. You may experience intermittent problems accessing the CW Great Lakes web site during this period of upgrade. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for being patient during this period of upgrade to the server.
October 1, 2007
GLSEA - Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis (Full Resolution) Now AvailableThe Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis (GLSEA) surface water temperature composite chart is now available in full resolution (1024 x 1024) in both .png and ascii formats. The new GLSEA is produced daily from near real-time, cloud masked and mapped AVHRR satellite SST data using a new compositing algorithm. Ice cover concentration from the Great Lakes Ice Analysis produced by the National Ice Center (NIC) will be overlaid during winter months.
December 14, 2006
The International Association for Great Lakes Research will be held May 28 - June 1, 2007The International Association for Great Lakes Research has announced a Call for Papers for the 50th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research, to be held May 28 - June 1, 2007, at Penn State in University Park, Penn. A Remote Sensing Session (#35) is planned. Abstract submissions for both oral and poster presentations are welcome. Information is available on their web site at: http://iaglr.org/conference/callpapers.php
December 12, 2006
A new version of CoastWatch Software Library and Utilities v3.2.1 Tools is available for download from the "Software" page on the Great Lakes CoastWatch web site.
New features in the 3.2.1 release include:
May 17, 2006
New Software glsea_reader is Available NowGlsea_reader.sav is a IDL binary file for PC, that convert Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis (GLSEA) file from gif format to asc (txt) format.
April 13, 2005
CoastWatch Software Library and Utilities v3.1.9 Tools (CDAT)A new version of CoastWatch Software Library and Utilities v3.1.9 Tools is available for download from the "Software" page on the Great Lakes CoastWatch web site.
In addition to the core software functionality, the new features includes:
November 23, 2004
MODIS True Color, High Resolution ImagesMODIS Aqua and Terra true color 250 m resolution imagery for each of the Great Lakes is now available in near real-time on the CoastWatch Great Lakes web site (http://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/modis ). The true color composite uses MODIS bands 1, 4, 3 and is processed to 250 meters at the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), University of Wisconsin from direct broadcast data. The imagery is available in .jpeg and GeoTiff (long integer array) formats. The projection is UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator - datum WGS84) with zone 16 for Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron and zone 17 for Lakes Erie, and Ontario. Corner coordinates (Lat./Long.) are:
July 1, 2004
CoastWatch Software Library and Utilities v3.1.7 Tools (CDAT)A new version of CoastWatch Software Library and Utilities v3.1.7 Tools is available for download from the "Software" page on the Great Lakes CoastWatch web site.
The new features includes:
March 17, 2004
GLSEA Made from HDF Format Data on Line
On March 17, the Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis (GLSEA) composite temperature chart produced from data in the new .hdf file format replaced the GLSEA made from the old .cwf data. The GLSEA composite charts produced from the .hdf file data are available online back to Jan. 1, 2004. The previous 365 day GLSEA animation currently includes images made from both .cwf and .hdf format data.
24 Hour Forecast Wind Field Data Available
24 hour forecast wind fields produced by the Great Lakes Coastal Forecast System (GLCFS) are available online daily, and are also available as an overlay for the most recent image in the JAVA GIS utility.
October 31, 2003
New File Formats
Several new features have been implemented on the CoastWatch Great Lakes web site including:
.hdf - includes SST, Channels 1-5, cloud masks, satellite and solar zenith angles and graphics
The synoptic scene (including all the Great Lakes) is now 1024 x 1024 pixels in size.
JAVA GIS is an online JAVA based utility to view and perform basic analysis on the AVHRR imagery. In addition, other image manipulation and analysis software such as the CoastWatch Data Analysis Tool (CDAT) and Utilities v3.1.5 Tools , which allow visualization and basic analysis of both the old (.cwf) and the new (.hdf) image files, are available to download to your computer.
August 20, 2003
Great Lakes CoastWatch Web Server Down for UpgradeThe Great Lakes CoastWatch web site will be unavilable starting at about 4:00pm (EST) Wednesday, August 20 while it is being upgraded. It should be back online Thursday August 21.
April 16, 2003
CoastWatch Software Library and Utilities v3.1.3 ToolsA new version of CoastWatch Software Library and Utilities v3.1.3 Tools is available for download from the "Software" page on the Great Lakes CoastWatch web site. These tools are used to perform satellite data related tasks from the command line. Most tools support both the new CoastWatch HDF format and the older CoastWatch IMGMAP format by automatically detecting the file type.
December 5, 2002
CoastWatch 2003 Node Managers Meetinghttp://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/news/cwmeeting2003/
October 18, 2002
NOAA-17 ImageryThe Great Lakes CoastWatch node began receiving NOAA-17 AVHRR satellite imagery on Thursday October 17. The initial daytime image [2002_290_1530_n17_gl_d1.cwf] was received at 1:24pm EST on 10/17, and the initial nighttime image [2002_291_0250_n17_gl_s7.cwf] at 12:32am EST on Friday 10/18.
August 30, 2002
New CoastWatch Archive Site at SAAAt the end of July the SAA roled out software version 3.2 (CLASS V.0). Included in this release was a unified user interface to include NCAAS, subscription accounts for NCAAS users, and search capablility to include multiple sub-regions. Currently the SAA is maintaining both NCAAS and SAA/NCAAS web sites (will eliminate NCAAS by the end of September). When accessing the NCAAS web site the following message appears:
The SAA has started its transition to becoming the Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS) by combining the SAA Web Interface Gateway (SWIG), NOAA Coast Watch Active Access System (NCAAS), and Live Active Server (LAS) into a single web interface. It is now available for your use at www.saa.noaa.gov.
May 10, 2002
LANDSAT 7 Satellite Images of Lake Erie and Lake St. ClairUse the following link to the OhioLINK LANDSAT 7 Satellite Image Server (http://dmc.ohiolink.edu/GEO/LS7/) for LANDSAT 7 ETM+ high resolution (15,30,60 meter), multi-spectral images of Lakes Erie and St. Clair.
The "LANDSAT 7 Science Data Users Handbook" can be found at http://ltpwww.gsfc.nasa.gov/IAS/handbook/handbook_toc.html
May 10, 2002
Wind & Wave Nowcast & Forecast for the Great LakesUse the following link to the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Grand Rapids, MI (http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/main/weather/marine/index_marine.html?
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/main/weather/marine/windwave.html~mainframe ) to access observed nowcast and model forecast winds and waves on the Great Lakes.
November 30, 2001
CDAT 0.6a-4A new version of CDAT ( CoastWatch Data Analysis Tool ) is available for download from the "Software" page on the Great Lakes CoastWatch web site. This version of the CDAT viewing and analysis tool has a new export capability and the ability to perform color compositing by combining variable data into red / green / blue composite images.
If using the WINDOWS version, download the WINDOWS DLL files and install them in \WINDOWS\SYSTEM for WINDOWS 9x or \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 for WINDOWS NT/2000.
November 6, 2001
New CoastWatch File Naming ConventionOn November 6 (18:30 GMT, 1:30 pm local time), the CoastWatch file naming convention changed. The new file naming convention is:
August 1, 2001
CoastWatch Data Analysis Tool (CDAT)The CoastWatch Data Analysis Tool (CDAT) is a data visualization program with a graphical interface that allows users to view and perform simple analysis on CoastWatch and other satellite data. CDAT is currently under development, but is available in a number of versions for Unix and Windows platforms.
April 2, 2001
Goes SST ImageryA new water surface temperature image product derived from NOAA's Geoststionary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) has been introduced on the Great Lakes CoastWatch web site (http://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/goes_sst/goes). A 3-hour composite image produced by combining three seperate images, each created 1-hour apart, and retaining the most recent temperature value is shown using color to depict temperature values.
February 28, 2001
NOAA-16 ImageryThe Great Lakes CoastWatch node began receiving NOAA-16 AVHRR satellite imagery on Thursday February 22nd. The initial daytime image [g0105318.ld1] was received at 14:33 EST on 2/22, and the initial nighttime image [g0105407.ls7] at 03:02 EST on Friday 2/23.
CWFTOARC Software AvailableThe cwftoarc utility converts CoastWatch data files to either an ASCII or binary GRID file for use in the ArcView or ARC/INFO GIS packages from Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. The User's Guide is available in PDF or PostScript format.
November 30, 2000
|Channel 3a/3b Status:||Coming out of darkness at Terminator:
Ch. 3a ON / Ch. 3b OFF
Descending at 40 degrees N Latitude:
Ch. 3a OFF / Ch. 3b ON
|Period:||Mar 9 - Apr 20, 1999|
The Great Lakes CoastWatch node located at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, MI announces the availability of its newly reconstructed web site at: http://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov The new web site has numerous features, utilities, and data types including:
-- all Great Lakes CoastWatch satellite (AVHRR) temperature and reflectance data available for viewing and download via the web site.
-- SatView-a Java based interactive analysis tool for CoastWatch AVHRR temperature and reflectance imagery.
-- the Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis (GLSEA) composite temperature chart has winter ice cover concentration (from the National Ice Center (NIC) Great Lakes Ice Analysis).
-- yearly and last 365 day animation's of the daily GLSEA chart in QT, FLC, and AVI formats.
-- Great Lakes Forecasting System nowcasts and forecasts of numerous lake parameters (currents, wave height, etc.).
-- links to numerous web sites for complimentary data including Great Lakes bathymetry, water levels, buoy data, weather data, etc.
As in the past, Great Lakes CoastWatch continues to supply Michigan Sea Grant with near real-time satellite imagery for its contoured water surface temperature product, available via a link to the Michigan Sea Grant web site.
A signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is no longer needed to access CoastWatch near real-time satellite (AVHRR) imagery. Currently, only a username and password, which can be generated and obtained interactively upon visiting the web site, are necessary for access. Your username and password are valid for all future access. (Note: RADARSAT imagery has limited access owing to the proprietary nature of this data.). Other data types and products do not require a username and password for access.
Although still under construction, our goal is to develop a comprehensive web site for access to near real-time and retrospective satellite and in situ environmental data and products to meet the needs of various users for environmental monitoring, decision making, research, and recreational uses.