satellites, new applications, and future expectations for GOES-R and JPSS
Jordan Gerth, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
New United States weather satellites, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) and the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), have increased and renewed interest in operational meteorologists to use the resulting data to monitor evolving atmospheric phenomena. Both GOES-R and JPSS, and subsequent similar satellites in their series, will bring imagery at increased spatial, spectral, and temporal resolutions compared to legacy instruments in those respective orbits. As a result, there are many new ideas for operational applications. In addition, easy access to the data, and methods to view the data, from these satellite missions are of increasing interest.
The National Weather Service (NWS) and Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) have developed the Satellite Information Familiarization Tool (SIFT) software that enables users to view, loop, and interrogate satellite imagery from GOES-R. The NWS used SIFT in satellite training for science officers, and is now available at NWS field offices across the country. SIFT, which is multi-platform and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux, is also available to the public for free download.
This presentation will cover basic information about the new and upcoming United States and international weather satellites, discuss the SIFT and how to obtain it and data for it, provide some recent examples of operational applications that involve the new satellite data, and finally touch on potential changes to data access as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers sharing the spectrum that some weather entities use to receive rebroadcast imagery directly from GOES-R.