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SHyMet: SatFC-J - Objectives

The The JPSS satellite series will introduce 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 of polar orbiting satellites. Specifically, topics will include an introduction to JPSS 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. Since the training content is entirely web-based, the student may take the training whenever they wish.

Learning objectives:

  • 1. Provide a general introduction to microwave remote sensing.
  • 2. Learn about the importance of oxygen and water vapor absorption regions in the microwave spectrum as related to obtaining temperature and moisture profiles.
  • 3. Learn about microwave surface emissivity and how it relates to characterization of different surfaces across the Earth.
  • 4. Understand how microwave sensors provide moisture, cloud properties and precipitation information against different surface backgrounds.
  • 5. Describe relative orbits of various low earth orbiting satellites and understand the implications on product coverage and availability.
  • 6. Describe relative orbits of various low earth orbiting satellites and understand the implications on product coverage and availability.
  • 7. Understand some aspects of the VIIRS imager, including imaging strategy, resolution, spectral bands and key applications.
  • 8. Understand the capabilities of the CrIS and ATMS Sounder instruments and identify key products.
  • 9. Understand the capabilities of the AMSR2 microwave imager instrument and identify key products.
  • 10. Describe key features of the GPM mission and its data products and explain their potential impact on forecast operations.
  • 11. Explore a variety of VIIRS imagery applications.
  • 12. Describe the utility of the Day Night Band and derived Near-Constant Contrast products
  • 13. Understand how NUCAPS soundings are obtained, data coverage, availability and forecasting applications
  • 14. Describe the impact of satellite observatoins on NWP analyses and forecasts