Products and Training for NWS forecasters leading up to JPSS-1 Launch
Jorel Torres, CSU/CIRA, Fort Collins, CO
Bernie Connell, CSU/CIRA
Steve Miller, CSU/CIRA
The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is the United States’ next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system. It will provide significant technological and scientific improvements in environmental monitoring by way of high resolution satellite imagery and derived products that stand to improve weather forecasting capabilities for National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters and complement the operational Geostationary satellites. The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) satellite is currently in orbit and has served as operational risk-reduction for the upcoming JPSS satellite series, JPSS-1 through JPSS-4. JPSS-1 is scheduled to launch in September 2017. Instruments on-board Suomi-NPP will also be on JPSS-1, consisting of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS), Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS), Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) and the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES). The JPSS-1 instruments will provide an array of data comprised of imagery, products and applications. Forecasting applications range from detecting water and ice clouds, snow, sea surface temperatures, fog, fire, severe weather, vegetation health, aerosols over the ocean and sensing reflected lunar and emitted visible-wavelength light during the nighttime via the Day/Night Band (DNB). Presently, only two polar products are operational for forecasters, however many products are now sent through the Satellite Broadcast Network (SBN) over an experimental feed. Products are viewable on the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System-II (AWIPS-II), a forecasting analysis and software package that forecasters use to analyze meteorological data. Planning is underway for a Satellite Foundation Course for JPSS. The process will review existing training related to measurements and products available from Suomi-NPP, assess gaps in materials, and build a coherent understanding of the strengths and limitations of the data, imagery, and products. Training will benefit NWS forecasters to utilize satellite data in their forecasts and daily operations as they discover their operational value in the NWS forecast process. As the JPSS-1 launch approaches, training materials will be produced in the form of modules, videos, quick guides, fact sheets, and hands-on-exercises.