89th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Satellite Meteorology Education Resources: New Modules, Initiatives, and the Environmental Satellite Resource Center (ESRC) Web Site
Hall 5 (Phoenix Convention Center)
Patrick Dills, UCAR/COMET, Boulder, CO; and W. Schreiber-Abshire, M. Weingroff, P. Parrish, and B. Guarente
The COMET® Program (www.comet.ucar.edu) receives funding from NESDIS and the NPOESS Integrated Program Office (IPO), with additional contributions from the GOES-R Program Office and EUMETSAT, to directly support education and training efforts in the area of satellite meteorology. This partnership enables COMET to create educational materials of global interest on geostationary and polar-orbiting remote sensing platforms and their data, products, and operational applications.

Over the last several years, COMET's satellite education programs have focused on the capabilities and applications of the upcoming NPP/NPOESS system and its relevance to operational forecasters and other user communities. COMET's activities have recently expanded to include training on the future GOES-R satellites. By partnering with experts from the Naval Research Laboratory and NOAA-NESDIS and various user communities, COMET stimulates greater utilization of both current and future satellite data observations and products. In addition, COMET has broadened the scope of its online training to include materials on the EUMETSAT Polar-orbiting System (EPS) and Meteosat geostationary satellites. EPS represents an important contribution to the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) between NOAA and EUMETSAT, while Meteosat imaging capabilities provide an important proving ground for the next generation GOES-R imager. COMET also provides Spanish translations of relevant GOES materials in order to support the GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) Americas effort, which is associated with the move of GOES-10 to provide routine satellite coverage over South America.

This poster presentation provides an overview of COMET's recent satellite training efforts and publications, highlighting new materials relevant to both polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites. The presentation also showcases COMET's new community Environmental Satellite Resource Center (ESRC) Web site, sponsored by the NPOESS IPO, NOAA, and NESDIS. The ESRC (www.meted.ucar.edu/ESRC) provides search capabilities and free access to a wide range of polar-orbiting and geostationary satellite information and training resources from multiple trusted sources, including MetEd (www.meted.ucar.edu).

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