ULRMC's High Resolution Picture Transmission (HRPT) satellite receiving station is capable of capturing data from the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) and the NOAA Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) sensors. Since November 1999, the HRPT Station has been under operation and is located on the roof of the building owned by ERRIU, the Ukrainian founding partner of ULRMC.
SeaWiFS provides daily multispectral images optimized for the assessment of agricultural and forestry vegetation and production, oil spills, coastal water quality problems, and regional atmospheric pollution. AVHRR imagery affords ULRMC the opportunity to determination of sea and land surface temperatures, identification of snow and clouds.
ULRMC staff has received training in various aspects of station operations, data processing and applications using the SeaWiFS and AVHRR imagery. While at present ULRMC staff are exploring all of the potential benefits and uses of the HRPT Station, it is recognized that the ability to collect, archive and process SeaWiFS and AVHRR data presents a future revenue potential for the center.
For detailed technical specifications and characteristics of the HRPT Station, please click here.