Man standing in front of satellite dish
Roy Huff of UH Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology with the new satellite dish at Honolulu Community College. (Photo courtesy S. Businger/SOEST)

A new satellite communication facility recently installed on the top of Building 7 at Honolulu Community College will provide real-time data useful for local weather and ocean forecasts.

The project, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, includes a new antenna and dish system that follows polar orbiting earth satellites and downloads real-time, high-resolution data as the satellites pass over Hawaiʻi.

The data received will aid SOEST researchers and National Weather Service forecasters in improving forecasts of hazards that are critical to the tropical Pacific, including heavy rainfall, tropical cyclones, and the detection and modeling of volcanic emissions. It will also help monitor the thermal activity of Kīlauea Volcano.

Read the SOEST news release or see media coverage of the project as featured on KITV 4.

UH in the News for September 7–13, 2012