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Hurricane Michael is clearly visible in Worldview using LANCE NRT AMSR2 data.
Please visit Worldview to follow Hurricane Michael and other storms using NRT AMSR2 data.


NASA’s Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for Earth Observing Systems (LANCE) leverages existing satellite data processing systems in order to provide data and imagery available from select EOS instruments (currently AIRS, AMSR2, ISS LIS, MISR, MLS, MODIS, MOPITT, OMI, OMPS, and VIIRS) within 3 hours of satellite overpass. These data meet the timely needs of applications such as numerical weather and climate prediction, forecasting and monitoring natural hazards, agriculture, air quality and disaster relief.


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The LANCE AMSR element at the AMSR SIPS generates Level-2B swath and incremental Level-3 daily products from the AMSR2 instrument on JAXA's GCOM-W1 satellite. The AMSR2 instrument was designed to detect water in all its state phases in the environment and monitor the water processes that exert a strong influence on climate and weather. NRT AMSR2 products are generally available 90 minutes after observation. AMSR-2 on JAXA's GCOM-W1 spacecraft, launched May 18, 2012.

GCOM-W1 AMSR2 Unified Level-2B Half-Orbit 25 km EASE-Grid Surface Soil Moisture product

GCOM-W1 AMSR2 Unified Level-2B Half-Orbit 25 km EASE-Grid Surface Soil Moisture product


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The LANCE ISS LIS element at the GHRC DAAC creates NRT lightning data products from the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on the International Space Station (ISS). NRT ISS LIS data are used for storm warnings, oceanic aviation safety and international Significant Meteorological (SIGMET) advisories, long-range lightning system validation, hurricane rapid intensification evaluations, and support of Fire Weather in the data sparse regions of the western United States. These data are available within two minutes of observation.

12-hour ISS LIS NRT browse image

ISS LIS 12-hour Browse Image
Please Note: LIS 12-hour data plots are created using near real-time data. A section of missing data due to communications drop-outs is visible in these plots extending from roughly 60 to 90 degrees E longitude.

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