GOES-R Workshop for Fire and Forest Meteorology Research

Instructors: Chad Gravelle (NOAA/NWS Operations Proving Ground and OU-CIMMS)
Chris Schmidt (UW-CIMSS) - TENTATIVE
Todd Lindley (NOAA/NWS Norman, OK)

Enrollment limited to 30 people.


The intent of the 2-day (90-minute each day) GOES-R workshop was to introduce the research community to end user operationally relevant satellite application questions that need investigation from an end user perspective. The workshop focused on providing an overview of the new GOES-16 satellite, how the improved capabilities are important for the fire community and how those capabilities may be used in real time or for research applications through a combination of lecture, discussion, and interactive exercises. Day 1 focused on the wildfire capabilities of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI). This included how the ABI’s spectral, spatial, and temporal improvements benefit wildfire detection and how Red-Green-Blue Composite Imagery can be used for monitoring the detection and evolution of wildfires. Day 2 provided an in-depth overview of the new GOES-16 derived product suite algorithms for wildfire detection and Day 3 brought everything together with two interactive case studies with the three instructors and discussion on the challenges of using GOES-16 operationally.

The workshop took place Wednesday-Thursday afternoon, May 16-17, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM concurrent with the 12th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology.

Enrollment in the workshop included registration for the AMS 12th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology, 33rd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Fourth Conference on Biogeosciences and related functions. Participants were encouraged to bring a laptop each day for the interactive exercises.