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Training: GENERAL SATELLITE METEOROLOGY

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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.

Creating Meteorological Products from Satellite Data

Creating Meteorological Products from Satellite Data

Creating Meteorological Products from Satellite Data: This module presents an overview of how satellite data are turned into the satellite products used by operational forecasters and the research and educational communities, etc. This module is also available in French and Spanish.

Benefits of Next-Generation Environmental Monitoring

GOES-R: Benefits of Next-Generation Environmental Monitoring

GOES-R: Benefits of Next-Generation Environmental Monitoring: An overview of the GOES-R mission, instruments, system and services, satellite synergy, the role of GOES-R in the Global Observing System as well as environmental monitoring section that addresses the benefits of GOES-R and the ability to monitor 13 unique hazards and phenomena. This module is also available in Spanish.

Link to GOES-R Impacts on Satellite Data Assimilation lessons

GOES-R Impacts on Satellite Data Assimilation

GOES-R Impacts on Satellite Data Assimilation: This five minute lesson presents a brief overview of how GOES-R series observations are expected to support and potentially enhance NWP for various analysis and forecast applications.

GOES-R Satellites Orientation Course

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

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: This webinar series provides an introduction to the new capabilities offered by the latest-generation GOES-R series weather satellites to provide university faculty and others with a solid basis for using GOES-R/16 data in coursework and student research projects.

Link to GOES-R Tropical to Extratropical Transition lessons

GOES-R Tropical to Extratropical Transition

GOES-R Tropical to Extratropical Transition: This lesson uses water vapor satellite imagery from Himawari-8 to describe the typical extratropical transition of a tropical cyclone. The Himawari-8 imager previews comparable capabilities coming online with the GOES-R series Advanced Baseline Imager.

How Satellite Observations Impact NWP

How Satellite Observations Impact NWP

How Satellite Observations Impact NWP: Satellite observations have a huge impact on numerical weather prediction (NWP) model analyses and forecasts. This lesson discusses the use of satellite observations in NWP and how model limitations prevent more of the data from being assimilated. Included are expected advances in NWP from GOES-R.

Link to Impact of Satellite Observations on NWP lessons

Impact of Satellite Observations on NWP

Impact of Satellite Observations on NWP: This lesson covers how satellite data inform numerical weather prediction models. From a basic overview of how satellite data is assimilated to how a new instrument's data might get into a model.

Tropical Meteorology

Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, 2nd Edition, Chapter 2: Remote Sensing

Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, 2nd Edition, Chapter 2: Remote Sensing:  This chapter focuses on remote sensing—the primary method of observing weather and climate across the global tropics. We will explore how remote sensing is used and examine the types of information that it provides over formerly data-void regions. This module is also available in Spanish.

National Airspace System

Remote Sensing Using Satellites, 2nd Edition

Remote Sensing Using Satellites, 2nd Edition:  The second edition of the "Remote Sensing Using Satellites" module updates imagery of recent hurricanes as well as other phenomena from more recent satellites. Learn about remote sensing in general and then more specifically about how it is done from satellites. The lesson focuses on the visible and infrared channels, those commonly seen on television broadcasts.

Conveyor Belts

Satellite Feature Identification: Conveyor Belts

Satellite Feature Identification: Conveyor Belts: This lesson highlights important atmospheric processes that can be advantageous for making weather forecasts. In this lesson, learn to identify conveyor belts using water vapor imagery.This module is also available in French.

Link to Satellite Feature Identification: Cyclogenesis lessons

Satellite Feature Identification: Cyclogenesis

Satellite Feature Identification: Cyclogenesis: This module uses water vapor satellite imagery to present a satellite perspective of basic features associated with the formation and development of extratropical cyclones.

Inferring Three Dimensions from Water Vapour Imagery

Satellite Feature Identification: Inferring Three Dimensions from Water Vapour Imagery

Satellite Feature Identification: Inferring Three Dimensions from Water Vapour Imagery: Water vapor imagery can help us break out of flatland and move to more dimensions. This imagery holds so much under-utilized potential. We can actually see three-dimensional structures evolving in near-real-time. Come see the atmosphere in 3D using water vapor imagery! This module is also available in French.

GOES Channel Selection Version 2

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.

Using the GOES Sounder

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)

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:

Basic Review of Satellite Foundational Topics

Basic Review of Satellite Foundational Topics:  This training session introduces fundamentals of radiation and satellite detection of radiation. Further, it describes the GOES-16 detection spectrum and how that is related to gaseous absorption of radiation in the atmosphere.

Comparing NWP Synthetic/Simulated Satellite Imagery to Observed Satellite Imagery

Comparing NWP Synthetic/Simulated Satellite Imagery to Observed Satellite Imagery This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and covers simulated/synthetic satellite imagery.

MODIS Products in AWIPS

MODIS Products in AWIPS

MODIS Products in AWIPS:  Basic-level VISIT teletraining lesson that describes the MODerate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) imagery and products. A variety of MODIS examples will demonstrate the unique operational utility of these new satellite products, which will help forecasters prepare for new satellite channels and products coming in the GOES-R era.

SHyMet For Forecasters

SHyMet for Forecasters

SHyMet for Forecasters:  The forecaster track of the SHyMet course covers satellite imagery interpretation, including feature identification, water vapor channels, and what to expect on GOES-R. There is a session on remote sensing data for operational hydrology as well as one relating to aviation hazards. Other topics include an understanding of the Dvorak method in tropical cyclone analysis and the utility of cloud composites in forecasting.

SHyMet For Interns

SHyMet for Interns

SHyMet for Interns:  The intern track will touch on Geostationary and Polar orbiting satellite basics (areal coverage and image frequency), identification of atmospheric and surface phenomena, and provide examples of the integration of meteorological techniques with satellite observing capabilities. This course is open to anyone inside or outside of NOAA who wishes to review the "basics" of satellite meteorology.

Course for GOES-R/16

SHyMet: Satellite Foundational Course for GOES-R/16

SHyMet: Satellite Foundational Course for GOES-R/16:  This National Weather Service (NWS) Satellite Foundation Course for GOES-R/16 contains 37 short training modules to bring forecasters, the scientific community, and others up-to-date on the capabilities of the GOES-R/GOES-16 satellite.

Thunderstorm Forecasting

SHyMet Severe Thunderstorm Forecasting

SHyMet Severe Thunderstorm Forecasting:  The Severe Thunderstorm Forecasting track of the SHyMet course covers how to integrate satellite imagery interpretation with other datasets in analyzing severe thunderstorm events.

Tropical SHyMet Introduction

Tropical SHyMet Introduction

Tropical SHyMet Introduction: The Tropical track of the SHyMet course will cover satellite imagery interpretation and application of satellite derived products in the tropics as well as the models used at NHC for tropical cyclone forecasting.