Applying JPSS Data Products to Better Forecast Challenging Weather Events

Sunday, lonAD, 8:00 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
Phoenix Convention Center North 222C






AMS Short Course on Applying JPSS Data Products to Better Forecast Challenging Weather Events
Sunday, 6 January 2019, Phoenix, AZ 

The AMS Short Course on Applying JPSS Data Products to Better Forecast Challenging Weather Events will be held on 6 January 2019 preceding the 99th AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site ( <>) in mid-September 2018.  
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 NOAA-20 (JPSS-1) data to address challenging operational weather scenarios.  The course will provide information on JPSS instruments and their improved observational capabilities, demonstrate the operational application of the new JPSS products using recent weather scenarios and the methods available for accessing those data products, and discuss on-line resources available for training. The demonstration exercises will also show how having two polar-orbiting satellites (S-NPP and NOAA-20) separated by 50 minutes provides additional critical data. 

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 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 (NESDIS/JPSS), Arron Layns (NESDIS/JPSS), Bonnie Reed (Science and Technology Corporation), Curtis Seaman, Jorel Torres (CIRA), Joshua Cossuth (NRL), Amy Huff (Penn State University), Liang Zhou (NESDIS/STAR- College Park), Michael Bowlan (NWS/SPC), Michael Pavolonis (NESDIS/STAR-Madison), William Straka (CIMSS), Dan Nietfeld (OAR/ESRL) 

Contributors:  Douglas Wesley and Jeffrey Osiensky (NWS/AAWU), Carl Dierking (University of Alaska), Michael Folmer (NWS/OPC), Steven Miller (CIRA)

A luncheon will be provided during the short course.

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

For more information please contact Gary McWilliams: [email protected].


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


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 99th Annual Meeting registration, and short course/workshop registration does not include registration for the 99th AMS Annual Meeting.

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