AMS Short Course: Using JPSS Data Products to Observe and Forecast Major Environmental Events

Saturday, 6 January 2018, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Austin Convention Center 17A



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Introduction: Using JPSS Data Products to Observe and Forecast Major Environmental Events

8:40 a.m. Overview of JPSS program; Mitch Goldberg, NESDIS /NJO, Lanham, MD

9:15 a.m. Use of JPSS to support NOAA operational missions; Dan Nietfeld, NOAA /OAR Boulder, CO

9:30 a.m. Introduction to JPSS data and products and their scientific maturity (Suomi-NPP and JPSS -1); Lihang Zhou, NESDIS/STAR, College Park, MD

10:00 a.m. Refreshment break

10:30 a.m. Hands-On Activity: How to access JPSS data and products (CLASS, Direct Broadcast, and GEONET Cast); Jorel Torres, CIRA , Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, and Kathleen Strabala, CIMSS , University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

11:00 a.m. Hands-On Activity: Using JPSS Products to Assess Snow and Ice Conditions for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race; Aaron Letterly, CIMSS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

12:00 p.m. Lunch: Talks on JPSS product evaluations

12:15 p.m. Evaluations conducted at NOAA HWT; Michael Bowlan, NWS/SP C, Norman, OK

12:35 p.m. Evaluations conducted at GINA ; Eric Stevens, GINA , Fairbanks, AK

12:55 p.m. Evaluations conducted at NH C; Michael Folmer, NWS/OP C, College Park, MD

1:15 p.m. Break

1:30 p.m. Hands-On Activity: Case study assessing severe weather with NU CAPS sounding products; Nadia Smith, ST C, Columbia, MD

2:30 p.m. Hands-On Activity: Identifying Hazardous Airspace in the Wake of Volcanic Eruptions; Michael Pavolonis, NESDIS /STAR, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

3:30 p.m. Refreshment break

4:00 p.m. Training resources available for JPSS data products; Jorel Torres, CIRA , Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

4:20 p.m. JPSS–SPARKS Training Program: 2018 Plans and Student Intern Opportunities; Murty Divakarla, I.M. Systems Group, Inc., Rockville, MD

4:30 p.m. Course summary, Q&A session, post-course assessment and announcements; Christie Best, Noblis/NJO, Lanham, MD and Mitch Goldberg, NESDIS /NJO, Lanham, MD

Reduced registartion sponsored by: GST, STC, ERT, and IMSG

The AMS Short Course on Using JPSS Products to Observe and Forecast Major Environmental Events will be held on 6 January 2018 preceding the 98th AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.            

Please join us for a short course on applying the new generation Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) capabilities to a variety of operational forecasting scenarios. Participants will have an opportunity for hands-on experiences using Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) and the JPSS-1 (if available) data to address challenging operational scenarios.  The course will provide information on JPSS instruments and their improved observational capabilities, new JPSS data products and their applications, methods for accessing the data and products, and on-line resources available for training. There will be presentations on the evaluation of JPSS Capabilities in NOAA Testbeds.  These evaluations help identify initiatives that can improve JPSS data and product applications in operational environments. 

The goal of the course is to make users of polar-orbiting environmental satellite data aware of JPSS capabilities and how to apply those capabilities to improve environmental observation and forecasting. The course will benefit all current POES and Suomi-NPP users including operational forecasters, researchers, and broadcasters.  It is anticipated that students, university faculty, non-meteorologists, and the general public will find this course very interesting.

The course format will consist of a balanced mix of presentations and hands-on exercises demonstrating the applications for the current JPSS data products and new capabilities under development for operational applications.

Instructors: Mitch Goldberg (NOAA/NESDIS), Jorel Torres (CIRA), Eric Stevens (GINA), Dan Nietfeld (NOAA/NWS), Kathleen Strabala (CIMSS), Lihang Zhou (NOAA/NESDIS), Michael Bowlan (NWS/SPC), Michael Folmer (NWS/OPC), Michael Pavolonis (NESDIS/STAR), Aaron Letterly (CIMSS) and Nadia Smith (Science and Technology Corporation).

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops or tablets for the hands-on exercises.

For more information please contact Gary McWilliams:

A luncheon will be provided during the short course. 

Short Course/Workshop Registration

All short course/workshop attendees must register and wear a badge/ribbon. Short course/workshop registration is not included in the 98th Annual Meeting registration, and short course/workshop registration does not include registration for the 98th AMS Annual Meeting.

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