92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Thursday, 26 January 2012: 11:15 AM
Satellite Meteorology Education Resources Freely Available From COMET
Room 343/344 (New Orleans Convention Center )
Patrick Dills, UCAR/COMET, Boulder, CO; and W. Abshire

The COMET® Program (www.comet.ucar.edu) receives funding from NOAA NESDIS as well as EUMETSAT and the Meteorological Service of Canada to support education and training efforts in satellite meteorology. These partnerships enable COMET to create educational materials of global interest on the operational application of products from geostationary and polar-orbiting remote sensing platforms.

Over the last several years, COMET's satellite education programs have focused on the capabilities and applications of both current and next generation operational polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites and their relevance to operational forecasters and other user communities. By partnering with experts from the Naval Research Laboratory, NOAA-NESDIS and its Cooperative Institutes, Meteorological Service of Canada, and other user communities, COMET stimulates greater utilization of both current and future satellite data observations and products. COMET also continues to broaden 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 Second Generation imaging capabilities provide an authentic proving ground for the next-generation GOES-R imager. In addition, COMET and its partners have launched efforts to update previously published satellite modules that are heavily used by both the operational forecast and education communities.

This presentation provides an overview of COMET's recent satellite education efforts including courses and publications that focus on topics like multispectral RGB products, detecting atmospheric dust, and climate monitoring from satellites. Over 50 satellite-focused self-paced online materials are freely available via the Satellite Topic area of the MetEd Web site (www.meted.ucar.edu/topics/modules/satellite) and COMET's Environmental Satellite Resource Center (ESRC) Web site (www.meted.ucar.edu/esrc). The ESRC, another important resource developed for use by the geosciences and education communities, is a searchable, database driven Web site with over 500 resources that provides easy access to a wide range of useful information and training materials on Earth-observing satellites.

Simple free online registration is required to access all training materials and the ESRC.

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