Town Hall Meeting: Early Successes from the Suomi NPP Mission

Tuesday, 8 January 2013: 12:15 PM-1:15 PM
Ballroom G (Austin Convention Center)
Hosts: (Joint between the Town Hall Meetings; and the Ninth Annual Symposium on Future Operational Environmental Satellite Systems )
Mitchell Goldberg, JPSS, JPSS Program Scientist, Lanham, MD
Steven D. Miller, CIRA/Colorado State Univ., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; Ivan A. Csiszar, NOAA/NESDIS, Center for Satellite Applications and Research, College Park, MD; Kathleen I. Strabala, CIMSS/Univ. of Wisconsin, CIMSS - Unverisity of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI; Kevin J. Garrett, JCSDA, Camp Springs, MD and Arunas P. Kuciauskas, NRL, Marine Meteorology Division, Monterey, CA

The United States inaugurated a new era in environmental satellite monitoring capability with the launch of the Suomi-National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite on 28 October 2011. S-NPP provides risk reduction for new and improved sensors, data retrieval algorithms, and ground system technologies for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) whose first launch is scheduled for 2017. In preparation for NPP and JPSS, NOAA has developed new and improved data applications that can fully exploit the new capabilities of these satellites. During this Town Hall you will have the opportunity to learn how several of these new applications have already been successfully demonstrated and to better understand the impacts of their improved performance. For additional information, please contact Gary McWilliams (, 240-684-0597(office).

12:15 PM
Introduction by Mitch Goldberg

12:30 PM
An overview of Suomi-NPP VIIRS capabilities:One year following launch by Arunas Kuciauskas

12:45 PM
VIIRS in AWIPS: Supporting Operational Forecasters by Kathleen Strabala

1:00 PM
A New Frontier of Nighttime Environmental Sensing Brought to Light by the Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band by Steven Miller

1:15 PM
ATMS Data Assimilation by Kevin Garrett

1:30 PM
Fire Monitoring by Ivan Csiszar

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