5th GOES Users' Conference


GOES-R Applications for the Assessment of Aviation Hazards

Kenneth L. Pryor, NOAA/NESDIS, Camp Springs, MD; and W. Feltz, J. R. Mecikalski, M. Pavolonis, and W. L. Smith

A suite of products has been developed and evaluated to assess meteorological hazards to aircraft in flight derived from the current generation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). The existing suite of products includes derived images to address seven major aviation hazards: fog, aircraft icing, microbursts, turbulence, volcanic ash, convective initiation, and enhanced-v and overshooting top detection. Some products have been developed for the purpose of implementation into the National Weather Service AWIPS. The fog, icing, volcanic ash, convective initiation, and enhanced-v and overshooting top detection products, derived from the GOES imager, utilize algorithms that employ temperature differencing techniques to highlight regions of elevated risk to aircraft. In contrast, the GOES microburst products employ the GOES sounder to calculate risk based on conceptual models of favorable environmental profiles for convective downburst generation. It is proposed to adapt the current suite of aviation product algorithms, with modifications and enhancements, for the GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI). In addition, a product for nowcasting convective initiation based on the GOES imager developed at CIMSS is anticipated to be incorporated into the suite of GOES-R derived aviation products. This poster will provide a general overview of legacy candidate algorithms as well as outline proposed aviation weather applications development.

Supplementary URL: http://ams.allenpress.com/perlserv/?request=get-abstract&doi=10.1175%2FBAMS-88-10-1589

Poster Session 1, Fifth GOES Users' Confererence Poster Session
Wednesday, 23 January 2008, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Exhibit Hall B

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