Satellite Reception Ground Stations

What are Ground Stations?

Ground Stations operate and service a reception antenna at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Townsville, Queensland to support the collection and streaming of satellite remote sensing data to national and international data centres. This Ground Station extends data coverage into the equatorial part of the Western Pacific Ocean and complements other ground stations operated by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) in Perth, Melbourne and Darwin, Alice Springs (operated by Geoscience Australia) and Perth (operated by Western Australia Satellite Technology and Applications Consortium).

The Ground Station operated by IMOS in Northern Queensland is currently equipped to receive NOAA AVHRR, SeaWiFs, MODIS Tera and Aqua imagery, EUMETSAT Metop- A and B, SARAL and NOAA Suomi-NPP data streams in near real-time. The data collected routinely flows to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), CSIRO, NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and European Space Agency – Collecte Localisation Satellites (ESA CLS).

Craig Steinberg


Acknowledging IMOS 

Users of IMOS data are required to clearly acknowledge the source material by including the following statement:

Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) is enabled by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). It is operated by a consortium of institutions as an unincorporated joint venture, with the University of Tasmania as Lead Agent.