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SHyMet: Satellite Foundational Course for GOES-R/16 (SatFC-G)

GOES-R GOES-R launched on 19 November 2016 and is now in geostationary orbit and has been designated GOES-16. The National Weather Service (NWS) Satellite Foundation Course for GOES-R/16 (SatFC-G) is now available and contains 37 short training modules to bring forecasters, the scientific community, and others up-to-date on the capabilities of the GOES-R/GOES-16 satellite. The SatFC-G course was designed by the National Weather Service satellite training advisory team (STAT) which consists of science operations officers from five regions, satellite liaisons, and representatives from the NWS Office of the Chief Learning Officer (OCLO). Training developers included the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), COMET, the Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT), the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS),and OCLO.

The GOES-R/16 satellite introduces a variety of new and improved capabilities compared to previous GOES satellites. The objective of this course is to address training needs associated with this next generation satellite. Specifically, topics will include an introduction to GOES-R/16 highlighting improved spatial and temporal resolution and additional new channels that will be available followed by products and imagery that address a broad range of applications. The intended audience is forecasters but anyone is welcome to participate.

If you are a NOAA employee, register for this course via the NOAA/NWS Commerce Learn Center and follow directions there to receive credit for taking the SatFC-G course.

Non-NOAA employees may take the SHyMet version of the course, your first step is to register for the course by sending an email containing your name to:
nws.oaa.clo.shymet AT

Be sure to indicate you are registering for the SatFC-G course.

After you've registered via email, we will reply to you with setup instructions on how to complete the course. The expected completion time of taking the entire course (which includes all the modules, quiz completion and orientation) is 15 to 20 hours. After taking all of the lessons you will need to pass a quiz for each cource section, we will mail you a signed SHyMet course completion certificate after successfully passing the quizzes.

SatFC-G course orientation (estimated completion time = 40 minutes).