Dr. Goodman presented a seminar on the “The GOES-R Geostationary Satellite System and User Readiness”.
NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) have been a mainstay of weather forecasts and environmental monitoring in the United States for the past 40 years. The next generation of GOES satellites, known as the GOES-R Series, is scheduled for launch in October 2016 and will usher in a new era in geostationary environmental satellites. The GOES-R satellites will provide continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere that will foster a host of improved and new environmental products and services.
GOES-R’s primary instrument, the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), will provide three times the spectral resolution and four times the spatial resolution while scanning the Earth nearly five times faster than the current GOES. GOES-R will also host a new instrument, the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) that is designed to continuously map in-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning with 8 km spatial resolution and 80 percent detection efficiency over the Western Hemisphere. It will provide information to improve storm monitoring and warnings and contribute to improved aircraft safety and efficient flight route planning. GOES-R’s space weather instruments will provide improved observations of the sun and space environment with more timely dissemination and early warning to a diverse user community.
This presentation will provide an overview and status update of the GOES-R program and the activities leading to an operational GOES-R system. The new observations will provide dramatically improved weather, water, and space environmental services in the coming decades, enhancing public safety and providing economic benefits to the U.S. and our international partners.
A recording of the presentation along with a complete copy of the powerpoint with working animations are available on the anonymous ftp site: