GOES-14 Super Rapid Scan Operations to Prepare for GOES-R

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014: 2:00 PM
Room C111 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Timothy J. Schmit, NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, Madison, WI; and S. J. Goodman, D. T. Lindsey, R. M. Rabin, K. Bedka, J. L. Cintineo, C. Velden, A. S. Bachmeier, S. S. Lindstrom, M. Gunshor, and C. Schmidt

Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-14 Imager was operated by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in an experimental super rapid scan mode to emulate the high temporal resolution sampling of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on the next generation GOES-R series. Imagery with a refresh rate of 1-minute of many phenomena were acquired during parts of 2012 and 2013, including clouds, convection, fires, smoke, and hurricanes. NOAA had never before operated a GOES in nearly continuous 1-minute mode for such an extended period of time, thereby making this is a unique dataset to explore the future capabilities possible with GOES-R. The ABI will be able to routinely scan mesoscale (1,000 km x 1,000 km) images every 30 seconds (or two separated locations every minute). These high time-resolution images from the GOES-14 Imager are being used to better prepare for the GOES-R era and its advanced imager. For example, the rate of a rapidly cooling cloud-top can be used to infer its subsequent intensity. Several animations from both 2012 and 2013 are included to showcase the rapid change of many phenomena.