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Land Training Resources

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

COMET logo 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.

Monitoring the Wildland Fire Cycle, 2nd Edition

Multispectral Satellite Applications: Monitoring the Wildland Fire Cycle, 2nd Edition

Multispectral Satellite Applications: Monitoring the Wildland Fire Cycle, 2nd Edition:  This lesson describes current and future satellite sensors and products used for monitoring the fire cycle. Product information is presented in the context of the fire lifecycle: from assessing the pre- and post-fire environment to detecting and monitoring active fires, smoke, and aerosols. This updated version of the lesson includes new information on GOES-R fire-related applications.

Ring of Fire

Satellite Feature Identification: Ring of Fire:

Satellite Feature Identification: Ring of Fire:: Introduces forecasters to the potentially damaging convection that can develop in conjunction with blocking high pressure centers and examines how to identify it from a water vapor imagery perspective. This module is also available in French and Spanish.

Virtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training (VISIT)

COMET logoVirtual 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:

GOES-R Fire Characterization, Land Surface Temperature and Snow

GOES-R Fire Characterization, Land Surface Temperature and Snow: This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and covers GOES-R series products for fire detection, land surface temperature and snow cover.