More information about our Receiving Station can be found at udsrs.udel.edu
The University of Delaware College of Earth Ocean and Environment’s satellite receiving station (UD SRS) was installed on the roof of Willard Hall Education Building in July 2010. The equipment benefits faculty and others who study changes in the mid-Atlantic environment. It has supported a wide range of research projects, including those that monitor coastal flooding; observe coastal waters for harmful algal blooms, which can deprive waters of oxygen; and track changes in ocean circulation that could be related to climate change, and assisting local fisheries. The data produced from this equipment has also been utilized with Google Earth to aid in teaching and educational events.
The UD SRS was purchased with a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), obtained by CEOE Dean Nancy Targett. Since the installation of this equipment the receiving station has been drawn significant attention, with the first visible image of an chlorophyll(algal) bloom off the coast of New Jersey in August 2011. (Link: http://blogs.app.com/enviroguy/… NOTE: original article has been archived)
The station consists of an X-Band receiver for reception of the MODIS family of satellites which allows for the study of sea-surface temperature, chlorophyll concentrations, land surface temperatures, and vegetation patterns. An L-band receiver allows for the reception of NOAA, MetOP, and Fung-yen satellites to study atmospheric conditions, land surface temperatures, and sea surface temperatures.