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SHyMet: Satellite Foundational Course for JPSS (SatFC-J)

JPSS JPSS-1 launched on 18 November 2017 and has been designated NOAA-20. The National Weather Service (NWS) Satellite Foundational Course for JPSS (SatFC-J) is now available and contains 13 short training modules to bring forecasters, the scientific community, and others up-to-date on the capabilities of the JPSS/NOAA-20 satellite. The SatFC-J 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),and OCLO.

The JPSS satellite series introduces a variety of new and improved capabilities compared to previous NOAA satellites. The objective of this course is to address training needs associated with this next generation satellite. Specifically, topics will include an introduction to microwave remote sensing as well as improvements in the infrared imagers and sounders that address a broad range of applications. Highlights include improved precipitation applications and atmospheric temperature and moisture retrievals for real time applications and input to numerical models. 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-J 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-J course.

After you've registered via email, we will reply to you with setup instructions on how to complete the course. 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. The expected completion time of taking the entire course (which includes all the modules, quiz completion and orientation) is 6 to 8 hours.

The list of training modules for this course can be found here or by clicking on the Training Moduless link in the column on the left under "SatFC-J Course".

SatFC-J course orientation (expected completion time 30 minutes)

A series of proof of concept videos are available for this course. These are not training modules for the course, rather, they serve as optional supplemental information to the SatFC-J course with the intent of demonstrating the utility of JPSS data and products in operational forecasting.

The Promise of JPSS (provides a high-level overview)

NUCAPS Introduction in AWIPS

The VIIRS Nighttime Microphysics RGB in AWIPS

Day Night Band (DNB) / Near Constant Contrast (NCC) imagery

Tracking and Overlaying Polar Obriting Passes in AWIPS - Mosaics and Time Delta