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GOES-R Series Multilingual Training Resources

This listing of GOES-R Series multilingual training materials includes both foundational lessons and quick guides developed by various partners at the request of the U.S. National Weather Service and NESDIS. Many of the materials are part of larger courses or training catalogs.

The selections included here represent materials available in languages in addition to English. Training contributors include COMET, RAMMB/CIRA, CIMSS, and SPoRT. Translation contributors/reviewers include the Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) in Argentina and the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

GOES-R Foundational Course lessons on MetEd

These lessons are part of the larger CIRA-hosted Satellite Foundational Course for GOES-R (SatFC-G). Remaining Spanish translations and select Portuguese translations are anticipated to be available beginning spring 2018.

 

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SatFC-G: Basic Principles of Radiation

This lesson is an abbreviated review of the scientific basis for using visible and infrared satellite imagery. The concepts and capabilities presented are common to most geostationary (GEO) and low-Earth orbiting (LEO) meteorological satellites. Basic remote sensing and radiative theory are reviewed using conceptual models to help organize scientific concepts. Some imagery is also included to illustrate concepts and relate them to sensor observations.

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SatFC-G: Visible and Near-IR Bands

This lesson introduces you to the two visible and one of the near-infrared imager bands on the GOES R-U ABI (Advanced Baseline Imager), focusing on their spectral characteristics and how they affect what each band observes. Also included is a brief discussion of the customization of visible enhancements as an important consideration for improving the depiction of various features of interest.

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SatFC-G: Near-IR Bands

This lesson introduces you to three of the four near-infrared imager bands (at 1.37, 1.6, and 2.2 micrometers) on the GOES R-U ABI (Advanced Baseline Imager), focusing on their spectral characteristics and how they affect what each band observes. For information on the 0.86 micrometer near-IR "veggie" band which is not included here, refer to the Visible and Near-IR Bands lesson.

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SatFC-G: IR Bands, Excluding Water Vapor

This lesson introduces seven of the ten infrared imager bands on the GOES R-U ABI (Advanced Baseline Imager). It examines the spectral characteristics of each band to facilitate a better understanding of band selection and what each band observes, and to shed light on some of the many potential applications.

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SatFC-G: Impact of Satellite Observations on NWP

This lesson covers how satellite data inform numerical weather prediction models. From a basic overview of how satellite data is assimilated to how a new instrument's data might get into a model.

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SatFC-G: GOES-R Impacts on Satellite Data Assimilation

This five-minute lesson presents a brief overview of how GOES-R observations are expected to support and potentially enhance NWP for various analysis and forecast applications.

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SatFC-G: Introduction to the GLM

This lesson describes the need for real-time lightning information and the capabilities of the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), which will fly on the next-generation GOES-R satellites as the first operational lightning detector in geostationary orbit.

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GOES-R Foundational Course lessons from RAMMB/CIRA

These lessons are part of the larger CIRA-hosted Satellite Foundational Course for GOES-R (SatFC-G).

GOES-R Volcanic Ash Product

Format: Powerpoint

This lesson covers the GOES-R baseline product volcanic ash. Learning objectives include introducing the baseline volcanic ash products available to users from the operational GOES-R Ground System (the baseline products); outlining best practices for using the baseline GOES-R volcanic ash products; and highlighting differences between the baseline GOES-R volcanic ash products and products generated by the VOLcanic Cloud Analysis Toolkit (VOLCAT).

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Basic Operations of ABI on GOES-R

Format: Powerpoint

This lesson covers basic operations of ABI on GOES-R. Learning objectives include describing reflected solar and terrestrial radiation as they relate to satellite observations; explaining how solar and terrestrial radiation is selectively absorbed, reflected and scattered by atmospheric constituents; explaining the processes of radiative transfer; explaining selective absorption through the atmosphere; describing the improvements in spectral coverage, spatial resolution, and imaging intervals of the GOES-R ABI over the previous imager; identifying the ABI's 16 spectral channels and the phenomena that can be detected in the spectral regions they cover; describing the concept of parallax and how it impacts image interpretation; and describing the importance of adequate bit depth for all ABI channels.

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GOES-R Multi-channel interpretation approaches

Format: Powerpoint

This lesson covers multi-channel interpretation approaches, including band differences and RGB (Red-Blue-Green) composites. Learning objectives include identifying bands on ABI, and what they are useful for; describing the use of multiple bands to reveal atmospheric phenomena (band differences/comparisons); describing AWIPS capabilities for channel combinations; and describing examples of RGBs and how are they created.

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GOES-R ABI Water Vapor Bands

Format: Powerpoint

This lesson covers the three water vapor bands (6.2, 7.0 and 7.3 micrometers) available on the GOES-R ABI. Learning objectives include describing water vapor imagery background information and interpretation; describing the differences between water vapor channels on the current GOES imager and sounder instruments and the GOES-R ABI instrument; and understanding the fundamentals of the GOES-R water vapor channels to provide a foundation for additional training on operational applications.

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GOES-R Orientation Course on MetEd

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GOES-R Satellites Orientation Course

This self-paced distance learning course introduces forecasters, students, researchers, and other interested learners to the capabilities, products, and applications anticipated with the next-generation GOES-R satellites.

The three core lessons in this course are each available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. These lessons are:

GOES-R: Benefits of Next-Generation Environmental Monitoring
GOES-R ABI: Next Generation Satellite Imaging
GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper

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GOES-16 Quick Guides

These two-page reference PDFs, with associated interactive HTML5 web objects, describe various RGB Imagery products. Developed by NASA SPoRT, these Quick Guides are intended to help users recall important points from the foundational training. The PDF can be printed for reference use in the operations area. Both the PDF and the interactive versions can be downloaded for local use via intranet or within the user's display system.

Air Mass RGB Quick Guide

Format: PDF

This Quick Guide describes the fundamental aspects of the Air Mass RGB Imagery product and demonstrates color interpretation of the multi-channel imagery. The RGB is based on the internationally accepted EUMETSAT RGB "best practices" guidelines. The imagery is often applied to identifying jet streaks and associated areas of potential vorticity, in addition to differentiating large scale air masses.

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Daytime Convection RGB Quick Guide

Format: PDF

This Quick Guide describes the fundamental aspects of the Daytime Convection RGB Imagery product and demonstrates color interpretation of the multi-channel imagery. The RGB is based on the internationally accepted EUMETSAT RGB "best practices" guidelines. While the recipe seems complex with many differences and channels ranging from visible to longwave infrared, the main application is to identify storms with cold tops and small ice particles where strong convection is likely occurring.

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Dust RGB Quick Guide

Format: PDF

This Quick Guide describes the fundamental aspects of the Dust RGB Imagery product and demonstrates color interpretation of the multi-channel imagery. The RGB is based on the internationally accepted EUMETSAT RGB "best practices" guidelines. The imagery is often applied to identifying airborne dust plumes, but it also differentiates low-level moisture boundaries.

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Nighttime Microphysics RGB Quick Guide

Format: PDF

This Quick Guide describes the fundamental aspects of the Nighttime Microphysics (NtMicro) RGB Imagery product and demonstrates color interpretation of the multi-channel imagery. The RGB is based on the internationally accepted EUMETSAT RGB "best practices" guidelines. The imagery is often applied to analyzing fog related to both aviation and public transportation hazards, but it also differentiates fog from low-level cloud features.

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