The Himawari-8 weather satellite is a geostationary satellite owned and operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) and provides data covering East Asia, and includes the West and central Pacific regions. !(static/images/uploads/himawai8.png) Himawari-8 surveys half the planet every 10 minutes and record data over 16 spectral bands ranging from the visual to infrared spectra. Spatial resolution is of about 2 km for most spectral bands except for a couple of them that offer a 1 km resolution and one a resolution of up to 500 m. The Himawari-8 satellite became operational in July 2015 and should be replaced by Himawari-9 in 2022. NOAA is providing an archive of the data (Open data license) starting at the end of 2019 in a dedicated AWS bucket. Other sources exist to get the full archive or other subset of the data. Different subset of the data have different licenses with special agreements needed to use the data for other purpose than non-profit purposes such as research and education.
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