9.2 GOES-R Series International Training Working Group

Wednesday, 10 January 2018: 3:00 PM
Salon H (Hilton) (Austin, Texas)
Janel R. Thomas, Science and Technology Corporation, Greenbelt, MD; and S. J. Goodman, E. Madsen, J. Peronto, B. H. Connell, A. Stevermer, K. W. Mozer, and M. Seybold

The GOES-R Series International Training Working Group (GITWG) was created to identify and coordinate international user training needs, currently focused throughout the Americas, with special attention on National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) in the Caribbean and South America. Membership includes representatives from NESDIS, NWS, and NOAA Cooperative Institutes with NESDIS serving as the lead through the GOES-R Product Readiness and Operations (PRO) team. The GITWG meets regularly to evaluate the opportunities for GOES-R Series training involving the international community, serving as a clearinghouse for collecting individual training requests, identifying appropriate training materials, identifying the appropriate subject matter experts and training specialists to present material, and determining venues where training might best be conducted. Using knowledge from various offices and positions, the needs of international users can be better understood resulting in more effective planning for training efforts and events. This presentation will detail the objectives of the GITWG and describe how user requests for training are addressed. It will also highlight the current status of GOES-R Series international training plans and discuss the outlook for future training opportunities and collaborations.
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