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    A free introduction for university faculty to the new capabilities offered by the latest-generation GOES-R series weather satellite. Seven live webinars by top experts in the field offered by the COMET® Program in partnership with NOAA NESDIS and the GOES-R Satellite Program Office.

    • An accessible level of information on GOES-16 data products
    • Live interactive virtual workshop format – Ask questions!
    • Builds on existing online resources from MetEd and elsewhere
    • Supporting GOES–16 data in coursework and student research projects

    Wednesdays 12 pm MDT

    Aug 30  - Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) (Tim Schmit)

    Sep 6    - Tropical Cyclones (Andrea Schumacher)

    Sep 13  - Severe Storms (Michael Bowlan)

    Oct 11   - Rapid Scan Imaging (Dan Lindsey)

    Oct 18   - Aviation Products (Chad Gravelle, Amanda Terborg)

    Oct  25  - Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) (Scott D. Rudlosky, Geoffrey Stano)

    Nov 1    - RGB (Emily Berndt, Michael Folmer) 

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    45 min interactive webinar sessions: 25 min presentation, 20 min discussion. Recordings will be made available.

    Each session will provide the chance to interact directly with key experts in the field. The information presented will build on existing online resources (available on the MetEd website and elsewhere) and support you in incorporating GOES-16 data in coursework and student research projects. The new GOES-16 tools and data are applicable to:

    • Physical, mesoscale, and synoptic meteorology
    • Atmospheric radiation, remote sensing, and optics
    • Lightning and atmospheric physics

    This course is offered by COMET® Program in partnership with NOAA NESDIS and the GOES-R Satellite Program Office. 

    See below for topic descriptions.

    • Resources

    • Aug 30 - Advanced Baseline Imager

      Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) (Tim Schmit, NOAA/NESDIS)
      Learn about the improved temporal, spatial, spectral and calibration attributes of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on the GOES-R series. The main use for each of the 16-spectral bands will be covered, using examples from the recently launched GOES-16 ABI. Will consist of both a lecture and hands-on component.

    • Sep 6 - Tropical Cyclones

      Tropical Cyclones (Andrea Schumacher, CIRA NHC liaison)

      Learn about GOES-16’s new capabilities for real-time tropical cyclone analysis and monitoring, which will contribute significantly to improved hurricane track and intensity forecasts. The GOES-16 imager will provide whole new views of tropical cyclone phenomena, offering vastly improved time and spatial resolution as well as color composite images to enhance cloud bands and other features. In this course segment, we’ll also explore the role of the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) in helping identify areas of strong thunderstorms associated with  tropical cyclone intensification.

    • Sep 13 - Severe Storms

      Severe Storms (Michael Bowlan, SPC Satellite Liaison, OU CIMMS)

      GOES-16 can help improve forecasts of severe storms and provide forecasters with real-time information about lightning, flooding potential and other hazards. The high-resolution Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) data can indicate whether thunderstorm updrafts are gathering strength or weakening, helping aid forecasters in making warning decisions. The ABI can also aid in identifying storms and convective complexes which have stalled or are “training”, which can signal a flood risk and help forecasters issue flood or flash flood warnings sooner. Lightning data provided by the Geostationary Lightning Mapper will help forecasters and fire analysts identify areas prone to wildfires sparked by lightning, as well as give insight into a storm’s severe potential.

    • Oct 11 - Rapid Scan Imaging

      Rapid Scan Imaging (Dan Lindsey, STAR)

      GOES-16 offers 30-second and 1-minute RapidScan imagery to provide unprecedented views of convection, fire starts and spreads, storm intensification, and other quickly-evolving features. In this course segment, we’ll explore the RapidScan imagery capabilities for capturing the development of new convective features and evolution of short-lived convective features. GOES-16 RapidScan also enables cloud and feature tracking in and around tropical cyclones.  

    • Oct 18 - Aviation Products

      Aviation Products (Amanda Terborg, CIRA/AWC with contributions from Chad Gravelle, OPG Satellite Liaison)

      This webinar will demonstrate the capabilities of GOES-R/16 in analyzing hazards affecting the aviation industry. The talk focuses specifically on four hazards (but there are others): 1) fog and low stratus, 2) in-flight turbulence, 3) dust, and 4) volcanic ash. Through the use of GOES-R/16 spectral bands, band differences, and RGB composites, satellite data users can detect the development and evolution of aviation threat  better than with any previous geostationary satellites. 

    • Oct 25 - Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM)

      Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) (Geoffrey Stano, SPoRT and Scott Rudlosky, STAR )  

      In this webinar, Scott Rudlosky and Geoffrey Stano will discuss and demonstrate the capabilities of the GOES-R/16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) in both operational and research applications. You will learn how the GLM, the first lightning mapper in geostationary orbit, differs from land-based lightning detection. The presenters will illustrate important processes know as lightning events, group, flashes, and lightning jumps. They will show products that illustrate the location and areal extent of lightning, and its evolution in cloud systems. With this information you should be able to integrate lightning data into studies about storm type and evolution, lightning safety, lightning climatology, multi-sensor products, wildfire initiation, and more.

    • Nov 1 - RGB Composites

      RGB (Emily Berndt NASA, SPoRT and Michael Folmer, GOES-R/JPSS Satellite Liaison at WPC/OPC/TAFB/SAB)  

      The 16 channels aboard the GOES Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) offer three times more spectral channels and four times greater resolution than ever before. Data from these channels can be combined into color composites to identify features such as low cloud and fog, dust, ash, and severe convection. RGB composites can also help forecasters and scientists distinguish between cloud and snow and the boundaries between warm and cold air masses. In this session, we’ll explore some of key GOES-16 color composites and features they reveal.