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GOES-R Project Overview

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) program is a key element of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) operations. As such, the GOES-R series of satellites will be comprised of improved spacecraft and instrument technologies, which will result in more timely and accurate weather forecasts, and improve support for the detection and observations of meteorological phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property, and ultimately, economic health and development. The first launch of the GOES-R series satellite is scheduled for 2015.

For detailed information on GOES-R see the GOES-R Program Office homepage at

Click here for a listing of the ABI proposed bands.

Click here for a comparison of ABI and MODIS bands.

For additional GOES-R and other training information, please go to the VISIT Blog.

Examples of GOES-R research conducted at RAMMB can be seen below.

Study of correlation between lightning and tropical cyclone intensification: This is an example of an ABI-based AIR MASS product patterned after similar products available from MSG. The green areas are tropical air masses characterized by low ozone levels, the red colors are associated with dryer regions and the blue colors indicate the temperature associated with the air.

This ABI - based product is created by
Red - shows the difference between Channel 8 (6.2µm) and Channel 10 (7.3µm) scaled from -29C to -4C
Green - shows the difference between channel 11 (9.7µm) and channel 15 (12.2µm)
Blue - is the channel 8 scaled from 243 K to 208 K

Hourly lightning from WWLLN is show in red.

Imagery for the Okmok (Alaska Aleutian) volcano eruption from 12/13 July 2008 has been analyzed thru Principal Component Image (PCI) analysis. PCIs extract dominant image combinations from the available GOES bands.

Sample image from the new GOES-R training module demonstrating the use of RGB image combinations and the addition of a new channel near 8.7 µm to aid in the detection of volcanic ash and SO2 using a EUMETSAT image of the ChaitÚn Volcano in Chile in May 2008.

Cloud Climatology Study: Snow detection over Europe using bands 0.6 µm and 1.6 µm.