8.3 NWS Training Development Efforts for GOES-R and JPSS

Wednesday, 10 January 2018: 2:00 PM
Salon H (Hilton) (Austin, Texas)
Bill Ward, NWS, Honolulu, HI

The National Weather Service (NWS), through satellite liaisons, intra-agency teams, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) cooperative institutes (CIs), the Office of the Chief Learning Office (OCLO), and the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) program office, has been working diligently to ensure satellite readiness within its workforce for the next generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) and Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). Development of an integrated training and technical readiness program started initially with the Himawari-8 satellite that was launched in October 2014, which the NWS National Centers, Pacific Region, and Alaska Region use. The Himawari-8 data, of similar character to that from GOES-16, was used as proxy data until GOES-16 was launched and provided imagery of geographic relevance to the Americas.

The Satellite Enhancement Team (SET), a group of well-regarded satellite subject-matter experts (SMEs), field level representatives, the NWS Operational Advisory Team (NOAT) Chair, and other individuals developing AWIPS for an inclusive satellite user experience, worked to update decades-old algorithms, strengthen visualization techniques with known scientific means, and inspired consistent training. Much of the SET’s work has been incorporated into AWIPS via the Total Operational Weather Readiness for Satellites (TOWR-S) and is being used by OCLO Forecast Decision Training Division (FDTD) to develop training for the NWS. In this activity, the FDTD has been provisioning decisional support from NWS Satellite and Operations Officers (SOOs), satellite liaisons, the NOAT, CIs, COMET, and satellite program scientists.

To date, all work has been on “first level” required module training development and a follow-on SOO-DOH GOES-16 residential training workshop at the NWSTC. The NWS and its partners continue to advance satellite readiness through producing and offering training for GOES-16 baseline products from both the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), and developing modules for low-earth orbiting satellite products based on the anticipated launch of JPSS-1 and subsequent demand for relevant training. This presentation will summarize the past effort, characterize the current state of training development for weather satellites, and envision future progress.

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