MetEd Resources at the Ready as Users Prepare for GOES-R+

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015: 9:00 AM
230 (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Wendy Schreiber-Abshire, UCAR/COMET, Boulder, CO; and P. Dills and M. Weingroff

The COMET® Program (www.comet.ucar.edu), a part of the UCAR Community Programs (UCP) at UCAR, receives funding from NOAA NESDIS as well as EUMETSAT and the Meteorological Service of Canada to support education and training in satellite meteorology. For many years COMET's satellite education programs have focused on developing materials that highlight the capabilities and applications of current and next-generation operational geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites and their relevance to operational forecasters and other user communities.

This presentation provides a personal tour of COMET's self-paced satellite training and education offerings that are directly applicable to preparing users for the arrival of new data and products from the GOES-R+ satellite series. A recommended set of lessons for users who wish to prepare themselves will be highlighted, including excerpts from the newest materials on the GOES-R ABI imager and Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). We'll demonstrate how the lessons introduce users to the improvements these and other instruments on board GOES-R will bring to decision support, short-term forecasting, numerical weather prediction, and environmental monitoring.

Over 90 satellite-focused, self-paced, online materials are freely available on the MetEd Web site (http://www.meted.ucar.edu) via the “Education & Training”, “Satellite” topic area. Many GOES-related lessons are available in both English and Spanish. Additionally GOES-R-relevant information can also be found on the the Environmental Satellite Resource Center (ESRC) Web site (www.meted.ucar.edu/esrc) that is maintained by COMET. The ESRC is a searchable, database-driven Web site that provides access to nearly 600 education, training, and informational resources on Earth-observing satellites.