TJ2.6 Hands-on Activities Designed to Familiarize National Weather Service Forecasters with Data from ABI on GOES-R and AHI on Himawari-8

Monday, 23 January 2017: 5:15 PM
308 (Washington State Convention Center )
Scott S. Lindstrom, CIMSS/Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; and T. J. Schmit, J. J. Gerth, M. M. Gunshor, M. Mooney, and T. M. Whittaker

Recent and ongoing launches of next-generation geostationary satellites offer a challenge to familiarize National Weather Service (and other) forecasters with the new capabilities of different spectral channels sensed by the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on GOES-R and the Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI) on Himawari-8.  Hands on HTML5-based applets developed at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies allow for quick comparisons of reflectance in the visible (0.4 to 0.7 um) and near-infrared channels (0.86 to 2.2 um) and brightness temperatures in the infrared (3.9 to 13.3 um).  The web apps to explore the different channels on ABI and AHI are at;  those that offer guidance on how to produce Red/Green/Blue composites are at  This talk will briefly discuss highlights from both websites, and suggest ways the applications can be used to educate forecasters and the general public.
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