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NESDIS-Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES)
browse graphic The POES satellite mission provides polar orbiting platforms to support the environmental observations for imaging and measurement of the earth's atmosphere, it's surface, and cloud cover. This includes Earth radiation, atmospheric ozone, aerosol distribution, sea surface temperature, vertical temperature and water profiles in the troposphere and stratosphere; measurement of proton and electron flux at orbit altitude; remote platform data collection; and Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) system. Additionally, POES Satellite systems support dedicated microwave instruments for the generation of temperature, moisture, surface, and hydrological products in all weather conditions.