Message from the Director
Dr. Nan Walker
The LSU Earth Scan Laboratory is celebrating over 25 years of operation as LSU's on-campus satellite data receiving facility and image processing lab. The ESL captures, processes, and warehouses real-time data from a variety of NOAA and NASA satellites for use in research, teaching, and other remote sensing-related activities.
On this web site you can find real-time satellite data animations of the current weather
, and ocean currents
based on measurements of the GOES satellite. You can also view individual images or create your own animations from the MODIS
, and VIIRS
sensor products via our new image animator
page. Visit the satellite schedule page to see today's satellite coverage. We always appreciate feedback
, so let us know if you and questions or experience any problems with our site.
A Brief History of the ESL
Installation of X-band antenna
The ESL's operations room
The LSU Earth Scan Laboratory (ESL) was founded by Dr. Oscar Huh in collaboration with Coastal Studies Institute faculty on June 29, 1988. The lab, a facility of the Coastal Studies Institute is located in the Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex and is a part of the Dept. of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences in the School of the Coast and Environment. Dr. Nan Walker became the ESL Director in 2003. The ESL systems administrator (Alaric Haag) operates three antennas: a 1 meter L-band tracking antenna; a 3.6 meter S-band antenna; and a 4.4 meter X-band antenna. These antennas capture data from the following satellites/sensors: NOAA POES AVHRR, GOES-East GVAR, Terra-1 and Aqua-1 MODIS and Suomi NPP VIIRS. The ESL uses the SeaSpace TeraScan software for capturing, archiving, and initial processing of these satellite measurements. Initial funding was provided by the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund. Subsequent funding for enhancements was provided by the Board of Regents, the Louisiana Technology Innovation Fund, the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness, and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.
A short article was written for the 50th anniversary of the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, in the College of the Coast and Environment, Louisiana State University. It traces the Earth Scan Lab from a dream of Founder Oscar Huh to the making of the lab into a center for emergency response activities for the State, supporter of advanced research and a classroom student training facility. The article, "A Brief History of the LSU Earth Scan Laboratory (1988-2021)", is available as a PDF download, and is part of a book, From Air to Land to Sea: 50 years of Educating Coastal Leaders, ISBN 978-692-03759-1, 2021, that was published in celebration of the event.