Satellite Science and the Search for Environmental Truths

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The application of satellite data to environmental issues is a challenging problem requiring an improved understanding of how the Earth works. Research scientists in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) strive to answer key questions about the Earth's environment and climate. Assessing climate trends is core component of satellite research. Recent scientific findings derived from satellite data and their potential impacts will be discussed. Insights about the scientific process and the demands of a career in research will be provided. The topics range from satellite calibration and climate trends to products for specific environmental parameters. A short discussion on the future of satellite environmental monitoring will be provided.