MetEd Resources for Embracing Advances with S-NPP and JPSS

Monday, 15 December 2014: 12:05 PM
Wendy E Abshire, Patrick N Dills and Marianne Weingroff, UCAR-COMET, Boulder, CO, United States
The COMET® Program (, a part of the UCAR Community Programs (UCP) at UCAR, receives funding from NOAA NESDIS as well as EUMETSAT and the Meteorological Service of Canada to support education and training in satellite meteorology. For many years COMET’s satellite education programs have focused on developing self-paced online educational materials that highlight the capabilities and applications of current and next-generation operational geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites and their relevance to operational forecasters and other user communities. By partnering with experts from the Naval Research Laboratory, NOAA-NESDIS and its Cooperative Institutes, Meteorological Service of Canada, EUMETSAT, and other user communities, COMET stimulates greater use of current and future satellite observations and products.

This presentation provides a tour of COMET’s satellite training and education offerings that are directly applicable to data and products from the S-NPP and JPSS satellite series. A recommended set of lessons for users who wish to learn more will be highlighted, including excerpts from the newest materials on the Suomi NPP VIIRS imager and its applications, as well as advances in nighttime visible observation with the VIIRS Day-Night Band. We’ll show how the lessons introduce users to the advances these systems bring to forecasting, numerical weather prediction, and environmental monitoring.

Over 90 satellite-focused, self-paced, online materials are freely available on the of the MetEd Web site ( via the “Education & Training”, “Satellite” topic area. Quite a few polar-orbiting-related lessons are available in both English, Spanish, and French. Additionally, S-NPP and JPSS relevant information can also be found on the the Environmental Satellite Resource Center (ESRC) Web site ( that is maintained by COMET. The ESRC is a searchable, database-driven Web site that provides access to nearly 600 education, training, and informational resources on Earth-observing satellites.