Development of new products

We work with researchers from a number of institutes to ensure NEODAAS products reflect the state of the art and fulfil current and future needs of the community. NEODAAS staff are frequently involved in other research projects at Plymouth Marine Laboratory covering a range of topics. Being able to take new products, incorporate into operational processing and offer to the wider community is a key function of NEODAAS. Below is a list of recently completed, ongoing and planned development for NEODAAS. If you have any comments or requests for NEODAAS development or would like to help with testing please get in touch

Recently completed developments

The following is a list of developments we have recently completed:

  • Operational processing chain for Sentinel 1 data
    Completed August 2019
    We are now able to routinely download and process Sentinel 1 SAR data to produce backscatter images. We plan to use these to complement the existing data we supply as part of our NRT support as SAR data are unaffected by cloud cover.

  • Switch to larger processing tiles
    Completed July 2019
    Rather than processing specific areas of interest for a given project we have divided the globe into 42 tiles and are processing a subset of these. We then extract areas from these as required. This means we are able to respond much quicker to requests for data than previously and there is a lot less duplicated processing.

Ongoing developments

The following is a list of some of the development which is currently ongoing:

  • Web based portal for visualisation of data.
    Expected to go live end of January 2020
    The portal was developed at PML and has been used for a number of products. An instance with NEODAAS data will provide a way for researchers to view and perform simple analysis of data NEODAAS routinely produce from within a web browser.
  • Routine processing for NOAA-20 VIIRS
    Expected completion February 2020
    We currently process data from the VIIRS sensor carried onboard the Suomi satellite, being able to process data from the VIIRS sensor recently launched on NOAA-20 will mean we are able to achieve much greater coverage. For OLCI we also process data from two satellites, Sentinel 3a and Sentinel 3b.
  • Processing chain for Sentinel 3 SLSTR Sea Surface Temperature
    Expected completion February 2020
    The main sensor currently used by NEODAAS for SST is AVHRR, being able to process another sensor will provide additional options for NRT support.
  • Geostationary data
    Expected completion March 2020
    To fill in some of the geostationary capability which was previously being provided to NEODAAS as part of the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station, NEODAAS are developing procedures to process geostationary data received from the EUMETCast receiver at PML.


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