Environmental Technology Laboratory, Physical Sciences Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, OAR, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Data Center Description
In medical science, there are many technologies for looking inside the human body. Most of us have visited the doctor for X-rays to diagnose a sprained ankle or broken arm. An expectant mother has the opportunity to see her unborn child at several stages of development through the use of ultrasonic imaging. These remote sensing methods provide doctors with a means for looking inside the human body in a noninvasive manner.
Similarly, NOAA's Environmental Technology Laboratory (ETL) has developed remote sensing instrumentation that now allows its meteorologists and oceanographers to peer inside the earth's atmosphere to diagnose its behavior and study its interaction with land, water, and ice surfaces. ETL's engineering and scientific expertise help NOAA as it seeks to better monitor, observe, understand and describe the atmosphere so as to provide improved forecasts of its future state.