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WMO RA-IV Costa Rica Virtual Training on Satellite Applications
October 2020

{versión español}

The University of Costa Rica (UCR) in San Jose, Costa Rica is hosting a virtual satellite workshop in Spanish for participants from the Latin America and Caribbean region in October 2020. The training will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays for three consecutive weeks, October 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29, 2020. The workshop will cover both GOES-R and JPSS satellite capabilities and data access to support the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Region IV forecast challenges. This is a Spanish language only event with no simultaneous interpretation available.

  • Full Announcement
  • Official Agenda
  • Registration is required. Because of the virtual nature of the training, there will be a pre-orientation training session to confirm participation, data access, and provide the attendees with case studies and materials ahead of time. Please note that space will be limited and if the number of people registered exceeds the capacity of the webinar, we may implement a selection process to ensure that all Latin American and Caribbean countries are represented. There is no registration fee for the workshop.

    Registration for the workshop closed on 22 September 2020. Filling out the registration form will add you to the waitlist:

    << Register Here >>

    *A parallel workshop will be held for WMO RA-III in November 2020. More information can be found here:

  • WMO RA-III Ecuador Virtual Training on Satellite Applications

  • It is strongly recommended that participants complete the following online modules in advance to prepare for the workshop:

  • GOES-R Satellites Orientation Course (Curso de orientación sobre los satélites GOES-R)
  • *Please note it is required to register in COMET for some of the modules.
    Only three modules are suggested. The Spanish titles of these modules are:
    - GOES-R: beneficios de la observación ambiental de próxima generación
    - El ABI del GOES-R: la próxima generación de imágenes satelitales
    - El GLM del GOES-R: introducción al sensor de rayos geoestacionario
  • Suomi NPP: A New Generation of Environmental Monitoring Satellites (Suomi NPP: Una nueva generación de satélites de observación ambiental)

  • Satellite Foundation Course for JPSS (Curso básico de satélites para el JPSS)
  • Only four modules are suggested. The Spanish titles of these modules are:
    - Introducción a la teledetección por microondas
    - Bandas de absorción del oxígeno y del vapor de agua
    - Emisividad superficial de microondas
    - Influencia de las nubes y la precipitación

    By the end of the workshop, participants will have a general working knowledge of the GOES-R Series and JPSS key instruments as well as develop competency in working with the data and products for weather forecasting, prediction, monitoring or research through hands-on exercises and case studies. A certificate of participation will be provided to participants actively engaged in all sessions.

    Problems or questions? Contact:
    bernie.connell AT
    jose.galvez AT
    marcial.garbanzo AT
    sherrie.morris AT