JPSS Satellites: Capabilities and Applications Course

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Description

This self-paced distance learning course provides access to a suite of training resources focused on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and the capabilities offered by the next generation of polar-orbiting satellites.

The course includes four core lessons:

  • Suomi NPP: A New Generation of Environmental Monitoring Satellites

  • Introduction to VIIRS Imaging and Applications

  • Advances in Space-Based Nighttime Visible Observation, 2nd Edition  

  • Microwave Remote Sensing: Overview, 2nd Edition 

Optional lessons provide more in-depth information about the benefits and applications of JPSS observations for monitoring river ice and flooding, wildland fires, climate, and land and ocean surfaces, as well as for atmospheric profiling and numerical weather prediction.

 

Goals and Objectives

Course Goals

The goals of the JPSS Capabilities and Applications Course are to:

  1. Help learners develop or improve their understanding of the capabilities, value, and anticipated benefits from the JPSS suite of instruments for meteorological analysis, forecasting, numerical weather prediction, and climate and environmental monitoring
  2. Show examples that simulate some of the many JPSS products and their different anticipated applications, and
  3. Help learners understand the role of JPSS in the global observing system for monitoring the environment

Course Objectives

The instructional objective of this course is to enable learners to do the following:

  1. List the major instruments (or instrument suites) on board the JPSS satellites and briefly describe what each is designed to provide
  2. List several environmental hazards and phenomena where JPSS satellite observations can benefit users
  3. Identify the different VIIRS spectral regions and some of the phenomena that can be detected 
  4. Describe advancements that VIIRS brings to analysis, forecasting, numerical weather prediction, and climate and environmental monitoring

Overview

This self-paced distance learning course provides access to a suite of learning resources focused on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and the capabilities offered by the next generation of U.S. polar-orbiting satellites.

The course includes four core lessons as well as optional lessons covering the benefits and applications of JPSS observations and products for monitoring of river ice and flooding, wildland fires, climate, and land and ocean surfaces, and for atmospheric profiling and numerical weather prediction.

To receive a course completion certificate, you must successfully complete a minimum of the four core lessons which collectively may take about 3 to 4 hours to complete.

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