Providing geospatial support for Alaska
The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) was created by NOAA to manage the nation’s environmental satellite programs and data. This includes managing the data gathered by these satellites and processing institutions. NESDIS operates the Fairbanks Command & Data Acquisition Station (FCDAS), a station that was established in 1961 and is currently one of the busiest ground receiving stations in the world. FCDAS’s primary mission is to capture data from NOAA’s environmental satellites. However, FCDAS supports many other US and foreign missions and is key, global partner in support of Arctic science and operations.
GINA works with the FCDAS to receive, process, and distribute satellite data for Alaska and the Arctic. GINA maintains a high-speed, dedicated leased line between FCDAS and the UAF campus. Satellite data flows from FCDAS to GINA’s and others’ processing center to create custom products serving the Alaska region. Examples of collaboration include capture and processing of DMSP data and work with partner CIRA , real-time data from NOAA POES satellites, and other Alaska Region NWS operational science supported through the NOAA High Latitude Proving Ground".
In another long-term collaboration, FCDAS captures data from the Landsat 5 satellite.