Univ. of Miami Shares Near-Real Time Images of Irene at CSTARS


MIAMI — August 27, 2011 — As residents of the Carolinas and areas north prepare for the onslaught of Hurricane Irene scientists at the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science are actively collaborating with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to acquire critical environmental imagery over the Atlantic Ocean.

Scientists at CSTARS are processing and analyzing valuable images to help emergency managers and the public prepare for the intense weather phenomena, including the high winds and waves, and storm surge affecting low lying areas. Images collected at the state-of-the-art facility located in South Dade County, Florida are being displayed and updated regularly at

“Like with the oil spill and the Haiti disaster, we are collecting sophisticated satellite images from several global providers that we can furnish to government entities directly involved with emergency services, and the media,” said Dr. Hans Graber, executive director of CSTARS, and professor of Applied Marine Physics at UM. “Irene is a large tropical cyclone, the season’s first very intense hurricane that may have a strong impact on heavily populated areas of the East Coast. The more up-to-the-moment information we can provide, the better the opportunities to safeguard life and property.”

About CSTARS and the University of Miami
Launched in 2003, CSTARS is a program of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Employing low earth-orbiting satellite systems, CSTARS scientists conduct research using remotely-sensed data. They provide directly downlinked, high-resolution data for environmental monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico, Southeastern United States, northern South America, Central America and the Caribbean Basin. CSTARS also furnishes a reliable communications channel for researchers stationed at the Antarctic Southpole Research Station, connecting them via VoIP (Voice over the Internet Protocol), and providing electronic medical file transfers, when required. In 2011 CSTARS won the inaugural Innovation Award from the Alliance For Earth Observations for action taken by the during the Deep Water Horizon disaster, as well as the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Award.

The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives.

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