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Instruments Training Resources

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Weather Event Simulator:   Advanced Baseline Imager

Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training (Comet)

Link to Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training supports, enhances, and stimulates the communication and application of scientific knowledge of the atmospheric and related sciences for the operational and educational communities. COMET’s Web-based self-paced training materials serve earth science education and training needs by providing interactive experiences for learners at a distance. Experts at both the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) have contributed to many of these lessons.

Link GOES-R ABI lesson

GOES-R ABI

GOES-R ABI: This extension of the COMET module “GOES-R: Benefits of Next Generation Environmental Monitoring” focuses on the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument, the satellite's 16-channel imager. The module introduces ABI's key features and improvements over earlier GOES imagers and lets users interactively explore ABI's 16 channels. It also contains movies that show the advancements that ABI will bring to a variety of applications and contains additional resources. This module is also available in Spanish.

GOES-R ABI IR Bands, Excluding Water Vapor lessons link

GOES-R ABI IR Bands, Excluding Water Vapor

GOES-R ABI IR Bands, Excluding Water Vapor: This lesson introduces seven of the ten infrared imager bands on the GOES-R series Advanced Baseline Imager, focusing on their special characteristics and how they affect what each band observes.

link to GOES-R ABI Near-IR Bands lesson

GOES-R ABI Near-IR Bands

GOES-R ABI Near-IR Bands: This less introduces three of the four near-infrared imager bands (at 1.37, 1.6, and 2.2 micrometers) on the GOES-R series Advanced Baseline Imager, focusing on their special characteristics and how they affect what each band observes.

GOES-R ABI Visible and Near-IR Bands lesson

GOES-R ABI Visible and Near-IR Bands

GOES-R ABI Visible and Near-IR Bands: This lesson introduces the two visible and one near-infrared imager bands on the GOES-R series Advanced Baseline Imager, focusing on their special characteristics and how they affect what each band observes.

Link Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper lesson

GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper

GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper:  This extension of the COMET module "GOES-R: Benefits of Next Generation Environmental Monitoring" focuses on the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument. GLM will provide continuous lightning measurements over a large portion of the Western Hemisphere, mapping total lightning (intra-cloud and cloud–to–ground) flash rates and trends. This module is also available in Spanish.

Link to Satellites Orientation Course lesson

GOES-R Satellites Orientation Course

GOES-R Satellites Orientation Course: This course consists of three self-paced lessons, “GOES-R: Benefits of Next-Generation Environmental Monitoring,” “GOES-R ABI: Next Generation Satellite Imaging,” and “GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper,” that introduces forecasters, students, researchers and other interested learners to the capabilities, products and applications anticipated with the next-generation GOES-R satellites. This module is also available in Spanish.

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Advanced Baseline Imager

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Advanced Baseline Imager

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Advanced Baseline Imager: This course is part of a webinar series to provide university faculty and others with a solid basis for using GOES-R/16 data in coursework and student research projects. This module highlights the improved temporal, spatial, spectral and calibration attributes of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on the GOES-R series.

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Geostationary Lightning Mapper

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Geostationary Lightning Mapper

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Geostationary Lightning Mapper: This course is part of a webinar series to provide university faculty and others with a solid basis for using GOES-R/16 data in coursework and student research projects. This module highlights the capabilities of the GOES-R/16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) in both operational and research applications and how the GLM differs from land-based lightning detection.

Link to GOES Channel Selection Version 2 lesson

Satellite Meteorology: GOES Channel Selection Version 2

Satellite Meteorology: GOES Channel Selection Version 2:  This module includes significant updates to the module "Satellite Meteorology: GOES Channel Selection." It still reviews the five GOES imager channels and their use, incorporating updated technical information, conceptual visualizations and numerous imagery examples. This module is also available in Spanish.

Link to Introduction to Using the GOES Sounder lesson

Satellite Meteorology: Introduction to Using the GOES Sounder

Satellite Meteorology: Introduction to Using the GOES Sounder:  This module, adapted for the Web from the CD-ROM released in 1998, reviews GOES sounder characteristics, data products, and applications concurrent with the GOES I(8)-P satellites. This module is also available in Spanish.

Virtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training (VISIT)

Virtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training (VISIT) linkVirtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training (VISIT) is a joint effort involving NOAA Cooperative Institutes, the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS), and the National Weather Service (NWS). The primary mission of VISIT is to accelerate the transfer of research results based on atmospheric remote sensing data into NWS operations using distance education techniques. Training sessions include topics on Satellite Meteorology, Severe Weather, Climate, Numerical Weather Prediction, and more. Many of these modules were developed in collaboration with the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). VISIT also provides monthly Satellite Chats to demonstrate satellite products that can be applied to operational forecasting and identify new training topics based on specific participant needs. See the VISIT Training Calendar for upcoming VISIT Satellite Chats.

A selection of VISIT training sessions specific to GOES is listed below:

Basic Operations of ABI on GOES-R

Basic Operations of ABI on GOES-R : This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and covers the basic operations of the ABI on the GOES-R series.

GOES-R ABI Water Vapor Bands

GOES-R ABI Water Vapor Bands: This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and covers the three water vapor bands (6.2, 7.0 and 7.3 microns) on the GOES-R Series Advanced Baseline Imager.

GOES-R Baseline Product: Legacy Atmospheric Profiles

GOES-R Baseline Product: Legacy Atmospheric Profiles: This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and covers the legacy atmospheric profiles that are produced from the GOES-R series ABI. These vertical profiles are meant to supplant the GOES sounder DPI products.

GOES-R Multi-Channel Interpretation Approaches

GOES-R Multi-Channel Interpretation Approaches: This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and covers multi-channel interpretation approaches, including band differences and RGBs (red-blue-green).

GOES Sounder Data and Products

GOES Sounder Data and Products: Introductory-level teletraining module that provides an introduction to the data and products available from the latest generation of GOES sounder instruments, along with examples of sounder derived product imagery and their applications to weather analysis and forecasting.

Visualizing the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) in AWIPS

Visualizing the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) in AWIPS: This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and covers the Geostationary Lightning Mapper display in AWIPS.