The GOES-R Series Research and Risk Reduction program promotes applied research based on the use of GOES-R data. Scientists conduct research and outreach activities that are needed for users to fully leverage all GOES-R Series instruments and capabilities. The program strongly encourages projects that make use of data from multiple platforms (satellite, radar, numerical weather prediction output, surface observations, etc.), and whose overall goal is a product that directly benefits operational forecasters.
In 2020, the GOES-R Program joined the NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) initiative and awarded 18 grants to advance research and practical applications using data derived from instruments aboard U.S. and international geostationary satellites. These include NOAA’s GOES-R Series, the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Himawari, and Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A. These research projects will address ways to improve the generation of data products and/or the utilization of data products in scientific research and operational applications from operational geostationary satellite data.