Polar-Orbiting Satellite (POES) Images

Metadata Updated: February 27, 2019

Visible and Infrared satellite imagery taken from camera systems or radiometer instruments on satellites in orbit around the poles. Satellite campaigns include NIMBUS, TIROS, ITOS, ESSA, ITOS, and NOAA. From their low-earth orbits, these satellites produced quadrilateral-shaped images that could be stitched together to form composite images of larger areas of earth. The collection includes composites in Mercator and Polar Stereographic projections as well as Conic projections of North America and the United States. Image files are created by scanning hard-copy prints, 10"x10" negatives and microfilm held in the NOAA archives. Period of record for available imagery is August 1964-March 1985.

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Metadata Date November 5, 2018
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) January 29, 2015 (publication)
Frequency Of Update irregular

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Harvested from NOAA CSW Harvest Source

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Sample POES image

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date November 5, 2018
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) January 29, 2015 (publication)
Responsible Party DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Cite this dataset when used as a source., Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives., Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Bbox East Long 180.0
Bbox North Lat 90.0
Bbox South Lat -90.0
Bbox West Long -180.0
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update irregular
Graphic Preview Description Sample POES image
Graphic Preview File https://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/metadata/images/C01128_POESbrowse.jpg
Graphic Preview Type JPEG
Guid gov.noaa.ncdc:C01128
Harvest Object Id cc3d5898-b023-44da-b291-312828c6b38e
Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Licence Controlled user access to the EV2 system
Metadata Language
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress onGoing
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1964-08-01
Temporal Extent End 1985-05-31

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