Environmental Satellite Images

A Comprehensive Resource List


The following list of Internet sites provide original, near-real-time satellite images or derived products. Section headings:

University/Commercial Sites | Government/Military | Europe  |  Western Pacific/Asia | Latin America | Glossary

= Special Realtime Tropical Storm Coverage = Archived Images

University/Commercial Sites (U.S., Canada, and Bermuda)

GOES-East/West Vis/IR/WV, global Mollweide composites, GIF/MPEG movies, Satellite/radar composites for U. S. 12+yr archive (Pacific/Atlantic IR)


                      Type of Imagery Available

Antarctic Meteorological Research Center (AMRC) , Madison, WI

NOAA AVHRR composites over Antarctica

Cloudsat Home Page, CSU, Ft. Collins, CO  

Space-borne radar images of hurricanes. Realtime quick-look images. 3-yr archive

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

GOES-East/West regional VIS, IR, WV, and radar (still and animations). High resolution (1 km) VIS sectors. County and major highway overlays.

Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) Madison, WI

GOES-East/West Vis/IR, WV, Color IR, Antarctic composites

GOES-East/West Sounder and Imager Products, "forecast" images, tropical storm sectors

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, FL

Visible, IR, WV images and loops for CONUS, North and South America, Asia, Australia, and oceanic regions. Derived products for volcanic ash and IR-WV difference (convective diagnostic),


Colorized, clear-sky Landsat images of U. S. states, cities, plus most world countries.

University of Hawaii, Honolulu

GOES vis, IR and WV sectors for Hawaii, Pacific and Atlantic Basins, plus U. S. mainland. GIF/JAVA movies

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Large scale remapped GOES-East/West Vis, IR, WV, composites, and movies. Four month archive.

Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab., Laurel, MD

Click on 'Dynatrack' for a nice collection of colorized AVHRR images. One month+ archive.

Louisiana State U., Baton Rouge

GOES-East current Vis/IR/WV/Color IR. 2 week archive of AVHRR.

NCAR Research Application Project (RAP) , Boulder, CO

GOES multispectral (JPEG), derived products, close-up visible (1.5 km res.)

Ohio State University, Columbus

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

GOES-East/West Vis/IR/WV, 8, 16 & 24 frame animations. Click on "E-Wall Home" for other products.

Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

GOES-West Vis/IR/WV, plus animations. GFS model overlays.

GOES-West/East Vis/IR/WV for past week. High resolution vis for Pacific NW

University of Washington, Seattle

Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA

Color-enhanced GOES visible, IR and water vapor for U.S.and regional views. Animations.

Weather Network, Mississauga, Ontario

GOES IR and color radar composite images for Canada and the U.S.

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Current GOES-East/West Vis/IR/WV, global color composites, Google Earth imagery, SST, "Forecast Satellite Imagery."

WSI Corporation (INTELLiCast), Billerica, MA

Latest national, regional GOES remapped IR (small size)

Federal/State/Military Sites (U.S. and Canada)


                    Type of Imagery Available

Arctic/Antarctic Ice Extent, National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder, CO

Arctic Sea Ice extent, concentration and trends based on environmental satellites and other data. Animations of monthly sea ice extent images. Archived images from Nov., 1978.

Archived data from U.S. polar (NOAA/DMSP) and geostationary (GOES) satellites in several formats.

CLASS (formerly Satellite Active Archive (SAA)), NESDIS IPD  Suitland, MD

Environment Canada, Montreal

GOES-8/10 Vis/IR/WV of North and South America, with movie loops

Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), Honolulu, HI

Mercator mosaic of Himiwari and METEOSAT IR with latest T.S. or suspect areas in W. Pacific and Indian Ocean.

NASA EOSDIS Worldview  

Composite true color mosaics of NASA Aqua/Terra data with corrected reflectance for major events. Multi-year archive

NASA Langley Research Center, Langley, VA

GOES-East/West, NOAA AVHRR and MODIS image products to support the Atmospher ic Radiation Measurement (ARM) project. Multi-year archive.

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

Short-term Prediction and Research Transition (SPoRt) Center. Real-time multi-spectral imagery from GOES-East/West and POES (VIIRS) plus AIRS, CRIS and IASI sounder images.Japan's Himiwari multi-spectral full disk.

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)   (formerly NCDC), Asheville, NC

GOES, POES, DMSP, and JPSS image data archives including data from GOES-16

Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch (RAMMB-NOAA/NESDIS), Ft. Collins, CO

RAMSDIS online. GOES-East/West IR, Vis, WV, Fog, Albedo, sectors and Full Disk. Hurricane floaters

National Centers for Environmental Information Earth Observation Group (NOAA/NESDIS), Boulder, CO.

Imagery from S-NPP VIIRS including the Day/Night Band (DNB), DMSP OLS, SSM/I microwave

National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center, Kansas City, MO

Multi-satellite (GOES, MTSAT, METEOSAT) IR composites of North Atlantic, North Pacific, South America, Asia/Europe. CONUS vis, IR and WV.

Naval Research Lab, Monterey, CA

GOES-West Vis/IR/color WV (JPEG) for past 24-30 hrs. Tropical mercator images, derived products. MPEG movies. Model data overlain on some images.

"NexSat", Naval Research Lab, Monterey, CA

Images and derived products from multiple U. S. satellites (NASA Aqua/Terra, GOES, NOAA, DMSP) to demonstrate the capabilities of future satellite systems such as NPOESS. Color composites, animations, archives.

Navy Fleet Numerical Meteorological & Oceanographic Center, Monterey, CA

Multiple polar (DMSP, MODIS, AMSU, etc) and Geo (GOES, METEOSAT) image products for latest tropical cyclones (Pacific, W. Atlantic. & Indian Ocean)

NESDIS/STAR Satellite Rainfall Estimates, College Park, MD

Current derived heavy rainfall estimates from GOES IR and POES passive microwave data

NESDIS Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) College Park, MD

Polar and geostationary global and U.S. composites (Polar Stereo and Mercator), aerosols, SST, soundings, MODIS composites for CONUS, Hazard imagery (tropical cyclones, fire and smoke, volcanic ash), 21-day GOES-West archive

NESDIS Satellite Services Division, College Park, MD

GOES-West Vis/IR/WV over tropical East Pacific, Sounder Derived Product Imagery, snow cover, experimental fire products

NESDIS GOES-East Image Browser, College Park, MD  

Current GOES-16(East only) 16-band multispectral and GeoColor images at Full Disk, CONUS, regional sector, mesoscale, and Atlantic tropical sector views

NESDIS GOES-West Image Browser, College Park, MD

Current GOES-15 (only) Vis/IR/WV + composites; Full Disk plus remapped regional sectors; 6 hr animations; Himiwari (Japan) and Meteosat (Europe) images also available

NOAA/NESDIS Imagery and Data Visualization, College Park, MD

Unique imagery and animations of current conditions and special weather events using GOES, POES, and NWP models. Currrent and projected global climate conditions (temperature, SST, drought risk, fires, etc).

European Sites


                         Type of Imagery Available

Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels

Global ozone analyses for past year from ENVISAT

Free University of Berlin, Germany

Latest METEOSAT IR, MPEG movies

EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany

Full disk and sectorized METEOSAT Vis,IR,WV, and derived products at 0W (MSG) and 57W, plus METOP images.

Meteo-France, Paris, France

Colorized METEOSAT IR/vis of Europe, "Forecast" images (French only)

Meteorological Institute of Spain, Madrid

Colorized METEOSAT IR of Europe, GOES/METEOSAT composites, SST, vegetation index (Spanish only)

Met Office, U. K.

Large scale IR images of most continents, full disk, global composite

Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, Brussels

METEOSAT IR/vis (map background)

Space Research Institute Moscow, RU

NOAA AVHRR composites over Russia, eastern Europe. Current GOMS not available.

Western Pacific/Asian Sites


                       Type of Imagery Available

Australia Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne

Himiwari and MTSAT Vis, IR and color-IR of Australia and full Earth disk. Derived products (NDVI, SST, motion vectors, ice cover, etc).

India Meteorological Department, New Delhi (Login required)

INSAT Vis, IR and color-composite. 3-hourly full disk, India and Middle East coverage.

National Satellite Meteorological Center, China

Fenyun (FY) -2, -3, and -4 imagery for China and eastern Asia. FY-3 global color composites with 1 year archive. FY-2 Vis, IR, WV loops. FY-4 data for purchase.

Korea Meteorological Administration, Seoul

COMS IR, Vis, WV with Korea, East Asia, and Full Disk sectors. Derived products for dust and fog

Weather Zone, Australia

GMS IR, Vis, WV images of Australia/New Zealand, some colorized with lightning overlaid

Latin American Sites

Argentine National Meteorological Service, Buenos Aires

GOES Vis/IR/WV images of South America and Argentina (Spanish only)

                       Type of Imagery Available


Brazilian Space Institute (INPE)

GOES Vis/IR/WV sectors of South America, composite GOES/MSG, latest NOAA/AQUA/TERRA sectors, fog images, precipitation estimates (English and Portuguese)

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Singapore Meteorological Service

Geo full disk or regional sector from Himiwari in true color. 8-hour animations. NOAA or NASA (Aqua/Terra) Polar IR/Vis images of Singapore area or southeast Asia

Chilean Weather Service, Santiago  

GOES imagery in 16 channels from GOES ABI, derived products (air mass, microphysics, convective storms, volcanoes, etc). Animations. (Spanish only)