89th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 13 January 2009: 11:30 AM
GOES-R instrument operations
Room 224AB (Phoenix Convention Center)
Tim Walsh, NOAA/NESDIS GOES-R Program Office, Greenbelt, MD
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series (GOES-R) satellite instrument payload will include the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), Solar extreme UV Imager (SUVI), EUVS/XRS Irradiance Sensors (EXIS), Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS), and Magnetometers. Together, these instruments will monitor a wide range of phenomena, including measurements of the earth, solar and geostationary-orbit in-situ environments. This talk will provide an update of the high-level capabilities and constraints for the GOES-R instruments described in past GOES-R Users Conferences.

The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) is a state of the art, 16-band imager covering 6 visible (VIS) to near-infrared (NIR) bands, and 10 infrared (IR) bands. Spatial resolutions are band dependent, 0.5 km at nadir for broadband VIS, 1.0 km for NIR and 2.0 km for IR. The ABI will be capable of scanning the Full Disk (FD) in approximately 5 minutes. ABI will improve every product from the current GOES Imager and will introduce a host of new products. The atmospheric sounding capability for GOES-R and -S satellites will be one of continuity-only, provided by the ABI instrument.

The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) will complement today's operational ground based lightning detection systems, which only provide information on cloud to ground strikes over land, with information on total lightning flash rate (including both cloud to cloud and cloud to ground), over both land and adjacent oceans. The GLM will provide nearly continuous information on lightning flash rates, leading to improved severe thunderstorm forecasts and warnings, aviation weather services, and lightning climatology.

The solar pointed instruments (SUVI and EXIS) and geostationary-orbit in-situ measurement instruments (SEISS and Magnetometer), will monitor the highly-variable solar and near-Earth space environment. These observations are used to protect life and property of those sensitive to solar and space weather fluctuations.

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