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Suomi NPP: A New Generation of Environmental Monitoring Satellites

Suomi NPP: A New Generation of Environmental Monitoring Satellites

The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership or Suomi NPP satellite, launched in 2011, is the first of a new series of missions under NOAA's JPSS program. Suomi NPP has two major goals: global observing of the Earth's atmosphere, land, and ocean surface; and climate monitoring. Suomi NPP observations are used to create operational forecast products and provide input to numerical weather prediction models. They also provide continuity to the satellite climate record and other environmental datasets. This module provides an overview of the Suomi NPP satellite. The first half describes its mission, products, and instruments. The second half focuses on its role in environmental monitoring, offering examples of how it detects and monitors Earth's climate, land and ocean surfaces, atmosphere, and space weather.