AMS Short Course: Understanding and Using GOES-16/-17 Data and Products for Broadcast Forecasting

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11 June 2019

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The AMS Short Course on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-R Series capabilities, products and applications will be held on 11 June 2019 preceding the 47th AMS Conference on Broadcast Meteorology/Fifth Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication in San Diego, CA.

This course introduces users to the new capabilities made possible by NOAA’s next generation GOES-R Series Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), and derived products for improved environmental intelligence, forecasts, and warnings. These new measurements will produce more timely, detailed, and accurate information than ever before. Short-course participants will learn about GOES-16/-17 imagery and derived products for weather and hazards monitoring and forecasting and participate in short, guided hands-on exercises covering various uses of the data, showcasing the many applications to help improve forecasts and warnings of high impact weather and environmental phenomena. The course will culminate in a team-based hands-on exercise where the teams will be challenged to produce forecasts for the public utilizing only GOES-16/-17 data and select additional information. Each team will be given a scenario and the associated data and choose one or more members to present their forecasts as if they were live on air or online.


The primary goal of this course is to familiarize the broadcast community with GOES-16/-17 capabilities, and how they can improve their services to customers, saving lives and property. It aims to demonstrate how incredibly information-rich the satellite data can be, and challenge the participants to think about how to use it in their work.

The course format will consist of a balanced mix of presentation and guided hands-on exercises demonstrating application of the new GOES-16/-17 products, culminating in a team-based hands-on exercise.


Instructors include subject matter experts from NOAA/NESDIS, and various Cooperative Institutes.

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

For more information please contact Janel Thomas (