GOES-16 (East) and GOES-17 (West) Mesoscale Domain Sectors (MDS) provide 60 or 30 second imagery over requested areas of interest. If all requests can not be honored, than priority will be given to the request covering the area of interest with the highest priority ranking (see GOES MDS requests standard operating procedure). If there are no requests, the sectors will remain in their default locations. Users can check the current GOES-MDS sector locations and NWS designated requestors may submit operational MDS requests.
The Himawari-8 Target Area provides 2.5 minute imagery over a requested area of interest (1000x1000 km). The target area is normally focused on a region of active volcanoes in the domain of the Tokyo VAAC (Volcanic Ash Advisory Center), and it is adapted to encompass typhoons within the responsibility area of the RSMC (Regional Specialized Meteorological Center) Tokyo Typhoon Center. International users of Himawari data, including NWS, can make requests for Target Areas. However, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reserves the right to override or interrupt a Target Area request at any time. The current Himawari target area locations are available on the JMA website.
For Himawari Target Areas, WFOs and regional/local offices shall submit requests through their regional contact (i.e. WFO Guam or Anchorage) by email, phone, or both. The regional contact will relay their request to the SDM. National Centers will provide their requests directly to the SDM by email, phone, or in person.