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Spire Now Collecting 5000 Radio Occultation Profiles per Day

By Annamarie Nyirady | September 9, 2019
      Clean room in Spire Glasgow. Photo: Spire

      Clean room in Spire Glasgow. Photo: Spire

      Spire Global revealed that it is now collecting 5,000 Radio Occultation (RO) profiles per day, tripling the global availability of this data. Praised for its accuracy and impact, RO data augments the accuracy of weather forecasts, supporting the many global organizations dedicated to public safety and the protection of life and property. These pillars of our infrastructure have been and will be a vital part of how we face daily weather challenges in an age of climate change. Spire is excited to be contributing to this global collaborative effort and remains dedicated to providing these organizations with new tools to develop and distribute ever more accurate weather forecasts.

      Spire’s achievement of generating 5,000 Radio Occultation profiles daily represents the highest volume of RO data ever available for monitoring the Earth’s weather. Radio Occultation is a pure source of weather data that provides detailed atmospheric metrics without the need for calibration. As such, it creates a valuable new addition to our extensive global observing system in space, which provides more accurate weather forecasts for land, sea, and air.

      “Spire is working to create new tools to aid in this joint effort to illuminate the Earth,” said Dr. Alexander “Sandy” McDonald, Director of Spire Weather, “We are offering global organizations and in particular the national met centers like NOAA a way to vastly improve weather forecasts for public safety, that’s a big part of our mission to provide the best-unbiased measure of climate available from satellites.”