COMET Program Training Offerings to Support S-NPP and JPSS Utilization

Thursday, 17 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
Wendy E Abshire, Patrick N Dills and Marianne Weingroff, UCAR-COMET, Boulder, CO, United States
Are you up to speed on how to exploit new S-NPP capabilities and products? If not, don’t worry, because UCAR’s COMET program has self-paced online educational materials that highlight the capabilities and applications of current and next-generation operational polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites. The COMET® Program ( has long received funding from NOAA NESDIS as well as EUMETSAT and the Meteorological Service of Canada to support education and training in satellite meteorology. By partnering with experts from NOAA-NESDIS and its Cooperative Institutes, Meteorological Service of Canada, EUMETSAT, the Naval Research Laboratory and others, COMET’s self-paced training stimulates greater use of current and future satellite observations and products.

Right now, over 70 satellite-focused, self-paced, online materials are freely available in English via the MetEd Web site at Additionally, quite a few lessons are also available in Spanish and French making training more easily accessible to an international audience.

This presentation will focus on COMET’s latest 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. Finally, new relevant training initiatives will also be presented.