AMS Short Course: Significant Hazards Satellite Applications

29 September 20198:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Westin Hotel, Marina Ballroom I


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$35 per attendee


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The AMS Short Course on the Significant Hazards Satellite was held on Sunday, 29 September 2019 prior to the 2019 Joint Satellite Conference (JSC) AMS in Boston, MA.


This course demonstrated the holistic application of the NOAA and EUMETSAT integrated constellation of Geo and Leo satellites focused on addressing the use of satellite data and products to help decisionmakers in their response to natural disasters. Attendees were given general overview of the current state of NOAA and EUMETSAT’s primary Geostationary (GOES-R) and Polar-Orbiting (JPSS) Satellite Programs and their capabilities. Attendees received instruction to help them better understand the operational application of satellite data and products to support key NOAA and EUMETSAT stakeholder missions. Presentations were tailored for attendees with all levels of satellite knowledge by everything from basic satellite principals to advanced user applications.


Attendees participated in hands-on exercises to experience the application of new satellite products in ways that they may not have had the opportunity to do in their current professional duties.  These exercises were based on scenarios that include US and international environmental disasters and high impact weather such as wildfires in western US and South America, Saharan Air Layer (SAL) events in the Caribbean, convective storms in Argentina, and river flooding in the US.

Instructors included subject matter experts from NOAA/NESDIS, EUMETSAT, various NESDIS Cooperative Institutes and other universities and agencies in the Caribbean and South America.

Participants were encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets to be able to participate more fully in the hands-on exercises.

 English to Spanish translation will be available for the course


For more information please contact Janel Thomas ( or Bill Sjoberg (