Phase 2 of the GOES-R Training Plan for NOAA National Weather Sevice (NWS) Forecasters: Applications Training
James Gurka, CICS U.MD & retired NOAA, Crofton, MD
LeRoy Spayd, NWS Office of the Chief Learning Officer
Anthony Mostek, NWS Office of the Chief Learning Officer

The GOES-16 satellite, launched in November, 2016, will be declared fully operational by November of 2017.  The new instruments on GOES-16, while providing a great leap forward, also offer a significant challenge to ensure that the users are ready to exploit the new capabilities and translate these advances into improved forecast and warning services.  The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) provides 5 times faster scanning, a fourfold improvement in spatial resolution, 11 additional spectral channels, and improvements in radiometric accuracy and image navigation.  GOES-16  also hosts advanced space weather instruments plus a totally new instrument, the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), which provides continuous lightning detection over a large portion of the Western Hemisphere, mapping total lightning (intra cloud, and cloud-to-ground) flash rates and trends.  To ensure users are ready, the NWS and their partners in NESDIS and NOAA’s cooperative institutes have developed a comprehensive training plan for operational forecasters.

The plan consists of several phases including a Foundational Course, Applications Phase, Archived Exercise Cases, “Make it Stick” and Continuous Learning.  Most of the NWS forecasters have completed the Foundational Course and development of the Applications Training is now underway.

The goal of the training plan is to ensure that forecasters are ready to integrate GOES-16 data and products into forecast and warning operations from the beginning of operations.  The Applications Training will focus on applying GOES-16 imagery and baseline derived products in NWS forecast and warning operations and will be largely based on students working through case studies on the NWS Weather Event Simulators (WES).   The focus will be on the unique capabilities of GOES- 16  including:  products from the GLM, additional channels on the ABI, improved spatial resolution, temporal refresh rate, and new derived products.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Applications Course content, a schedule for course implementation, samples of the completed modules, and information on how some of the course content can be accessed by the entire GOES user communities.