Operation of the National Laboratory for Earth Observation (LANOT), whose facilities are located at the Geography Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), has been of paramount importance on risks prevention for the population of our country. Dissemination of meteorological images has been more than opportune, due to the fact that GOES-13 satellite stopped providing images on December 2017, being this the main source of satellite imagery for institutions like the National Meteorological Service. The National Laboratory for Earth Observation received this designation from CONACYT (National Council for Science and Technology), starting operations officially on March 28, 2017, counting with the initial participation of SEMAR (Navy), INEGI (National Institute of Statistics and Geography), and some institutes and academic centers of UNAM as: Geography, Geophysics, Sea Sciences and Center for Atmospheric Sciences. On the beginning, LANOT started operations only with a receiving station for the Geostationary satellite GOES-16. Since then; receiving, processing, and storage equipment; as well as the amount of partners, and users, has considerably increased adding very important federal government agencies for national security to LANOT project in 2018, like CENAPRED (National Center for Disaster Prevention), and the National Meteorological Service; institutions in charge of issuing early warnings regarding: hurricanes, forest fires, cold fronts, severe storms, and volcanic ash emissions. Other users performing safeguarding tasks for the population in our country like the Civil Protection Systems of the Mexican States of Jalisco, Sonora and Mexico City, were incorporated. IMTA (the Mexican Institute for Water Technology), who works among other projects, in drought assessment on different regions of the country, and educational institutions such as UAEMex (Autonomous University of the State of Mexico) and UASLP (Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí), who develop projects assessing vegetation changes, and crops for prediction purposes on agricultural production, were added to the project. Also, other institutes and dependencies of UNAM, like the Ecology institute and an academic unit: Coordination of Digital Collections of the University (CCUD), now General Direction of University’s Repositories (DGRU) with whom an agreement was signed for publication of historical events, such as the sequence of images of: ash emissions, fires, hurricanes; these materials in conjunction with the information associated with its consequences on the environment, and society.
Other institutions with which we are working are CONABIO (National Commission for Biodiversity), with whom a closer academic relationship has been established, on the subject of fires, SENEAM (Services to Air Navigation in the Mexican Air Space) who receives our products to perform meteorological forecasts both; on-route, and at destination airports, CONAFOR (National Forestry Commission), and CFE (Federal Electricity Commission) who receive our images from GOES-16 and other polar orbiting satellites, to assess vegetation changes and to forecast extreme conditions like strong winds, severe storms, and thunder storms.
Main objectives of the operation of the National Laboratory for Earth Observation (México), are: to receive, store, process, and to perform an interactive distribution of satellite data and images allowing different studies to be carried-out to assess land use changes and vegetation cover, as well as constantly monitoring the oceans and the atmosphere, and establishing their interrelationships and impacts into society.
To count on with a functional Earth Observation Laboratory that acquires, stores, processes and allows access to the products generated there; either, directly to the consortium participants and main users by SFTP connection, or through a web page for the general public.