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Volcanoes and Volcanic Ash Part 2

Introduction


Learning objectives:

  1. Part two of a two part set that describes and discusses Volcanoes and Volcanic Ash as hazards to people, aviation, and shows different methods of observation, analysis and modeling.
  2. Primary categories:
    1. Mt. Redoubt Volcano – 2009
    2. The Key Players (Organizational Structure)
    3. Goals (Past, Present, and Future)
    4. The Flow of Information
    5. Volcano Observatories and Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers
    6. Eyjafjallajökull – Lessons Learned
    7. Coming Soon

Training Session Instructions


LMS students – to begin the training, select from the Web-based video or Audio Playback options below.
Note: Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation.

  1. Web-based Video training session.
  2. Audio playback – This VISITview file contains recorded audio and annotations and can be taken at anytime.

    Create a directory to download the audio playback file (it is about 64 MB in size to download…102 MB expanded) from the following site:
    ftp://rammftp.cira.colostate.edu/Braun/Volcanic_Ash/Volcanoes_Volcanic_Ash_Part_2.exe
    ftp://ftp.ssec.wisc.edu/visit/audio/Volcanoes_Volcanic_Ash_Part_2.exe

    After extracting, open the new directory with all the files and click on the visitplay.bat file to start the lesson. Feel free to break this session into two or three parts.

Volcanoes and Volcanic Ash Part 1

Introduction


Learning objectives:

  1. Part one of a two part set that describes and discusses Volcanoes and Volcanic Ash as hazards to people, aviation, and shows different methods of observation, analysis and modeling.
  2. Primary categories:
    1. Volcano Types
    2. Hazards on the Ground and in the Air
    3. Ash/Aerosol Remote Sensing, Detection and Other Observations
    4. Modeling and Plume Dispersion
    5. Recent Examples and Hypothetical Eruptions

Training Session Instructions


LMS students – to begin the training, select from the Web-based video or Audio Playback options below.
Note: Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation

  1. Web-based Video training session
  2. Audio playback – This VISITview file contains recorded audio and annotations and can be taken at anytime.

    Create a directory to download the audio playback file (it is about 89 MB in size to download…160 MB expanded) from the following site:
    ftp://rammftp.cira.colostate.edu/Braun/Volcanic_Ash/Volcanoes_and_Volcanic_Ash_Part1.exe
    ftp://ftp.ssec.wisc.edu/visit/audio/Volcanoes_and_Volcanic_Ash_Part1.exe

    After extracting, open the new directory with all the files and click on the visitplay.bat file to start the lesson. Feel free to break this session into two or three parts.

Regional Satellite Cloud Composites from GOES

Introduction


Learning Objectives:

  1. To learn what a regional satellite cloud composite is.
  2. To find out what types of cloud composites can be created.
  3. To find out how cloud composites fit into the forecast process.

Background:

This module reflects how one can create and use cloud composites on a regional scale to assist with everyday forecasting tasks. Cloud composites refer to a shorter time span than cloud climatology. This module highlights simple techniques used to create the cloud composites and regional applications used to visualize weather patterns – all from the diurnal geostationary satellite.

Training Session Options


LMS students – to begin the training, use the Web-based Video or Audio Playback options below.
Note: Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation.

  1. Web-based Video training session
  2. Audio playback – This VISITview file contains recorded audio and annotations and can be taken at anytime.

    Create a directory to download the audio playback file (it is about 59 MB in size) from the following site:
    ftp://rammftp.cira.colostate.edu/SHyMet/course_materials/forecasters/clim_shymet_dec2010.exe
    OR
    ftp://ftp.ssec.wisc.edu/visit/audio/clim_shymet_dec2010.exe

    After extracting the files into that directory click on the visitplay.bat file to start the lesson.

  3. Web-based VISITview training (no audio) session with notes . The notes will automatically come up in a separate window. Please be patient, sometimes this java version takes a minute or two to load.
    After the session has loaded, use the navigation buttons at the bottom to go through the training session. The Next button will advance to the next slide.

References / additional links


  • Talking points (PDF document)
  • RAMMB Satellite Climatology Applications:
    http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/research/satellite_climatologies/
  • Combs, C. L., R. Mazur, J. V. Clark, M. K. Nordquist, and D. A. Molenar, 2010: An effort to improve marine stratus forecasts using satellite cloud climatologies for the Eureka, CA region. 17th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, 27-30 September, Annapolis, MD, Amer. Meteor. Soc., P9.16. http://ams.confex.com/ams/17Air17Sat9Coas/techprogram/paper_173864.htm
  • Combs, C.L., M. Weiland, M. DeMaria, and T.H. Vonder Haar, 2003: Examining high wind events using satellite cloud cover composites over the Cheyenne, WY region. 12th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, 10-14 February, Long Beach, CA, Amer. Meteor. Soc., CD-ROM, P2.25.
  • Connell, B. H., K. J. Gould, and J. F. W. Purdom, 2001: High resolution GOES-8 visible and infrared cloud frequency composites over Northern Florida during the Summers 1996-1999. Wea. Forecasting, 16, 713-724. (Bernie can send an electronic version; send a request to her at the email listed below)

Aviation Hazards

Introduction

Learning objectives:

  • Aviation Hazards Part 1) Structure of aviation forecasting and the statistics of the hazards plus in-depth information on Wind, Turbulence and Icing.
  • Aviation Hazards Part 2) Discussion concerning Visibility, Ceilings and Convective Hazards.
  • Aviation Hazards Part 3 Information regarding Terrain and Aviation Weather along with other miscellaneous hazards. Also, a look into new/future products.

Training Session Options

NOAA/NWS students – to begin the training, use the web-based video, YouTube video, or audio playback options below (if present for this session). Certificates of completion for NOAA/NWS employees can be obtained by accessing the session via the Commerce Learn Center

  1. Web-based video that can be taken at anytime (streamed, not recommended for low-bandwidth users). Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation. Also be sure that you are using a flash enabled browser.
  2. Audio playback – This is an audio playback version in the form of a downloadable VISITview and can be taken at anytime. Certificates of completion for NOAA employees can be obtained on the E-Learning Management System LMS

    Create a directory to download the audio playback files (part 1 is 60.7MB, part 2 is 86.6MB, and part 3 is 44.8MB – Total: 187 MB) from the following links:

    1. http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/training_sessions/aviation_hazards/aviation_hazards_audio_1.exe
    2. http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/training_sessions/aviation_hazards/aviation_hazards_audio_2.exe
    3. http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/training_sessions/aviation_hazards/aviation_hazards_audio_3.exe

    After extracting the files into that directory click on either the visitplay.bat or visitauto.bat file to start lesson. If both files are present, use visitauto.bat

References/Additional Links

GOES-R 101

Introduction

Learning Objective: To introduce the user to the capabilities of the next generation of satellites starting with GOES-R. Background: In the mid 1990’s there were geostationary satellites with great capabilities that were not being fully utilized by the forecaster. We don’t want history to repeat itself. GOES-R will have increased capabilities over the current GOES series. This module takes a look at “Why?”, “When?”, “What?”, and “How?” and provides examples and information links.

References and related links

Training Session Options


Note: Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation.

  1. Web-based Video training session
  2. Audio playback – This VISITview file contains recorded audio and annotations and can be taken at anytime. Create a directory to download the audio playback file (it is about 97 MB in size) from the following site:
    ftp://rammftp.cira.colostate.edu/SHyMet/course_materials/forecasters/GOESR101_17Dec2009.exe
    ftp://ftp.ssec.wisc.edu/visit/audio/GOESR101_17Dec2009.exe

    Alternately, you may use visitlocal.bat to view the session without audio and bring up the instructor notes in a separate window. After extracting the files into that directory click on the visitplay.bat file to start the lesson

  3. Web-based VISITview training session with notes.The notes will automatically come up in a separate window. Please be patient, sometimes this java version takes a minute or two to load.

    After the session has loaded, use the navigation buttons at the bottom to go through the training session. The Next button will advance to the next slide.

Water Vapor Channels

Introduction


Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the characteristics of the water vapor channel.
  2. How to identify common signatures seen in the water vapor imagery.
  3. Understand the relationship between water vapor imagery and dynamical structures.
  4. Review potential vorticity thinking and relate water vapor imagery features to potential vorticity features.
  5. How can you use water vapor imagery to assess numerical weather prediction model peformance.

Training Session Options


Note: Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation.

  1. Web-based Video training session
  2. Audio playback – This VISITview file contains recorded audio and annotations and can be taken at anytime. Create a directory to download the audio playback file (it is about 270 MB in size) from the following site:
    ftp://rammftp.cira.colostate.edu/bikos/audio/RecordedWaterVapor.exe
    After extracting the files into that directory click on the visitplay.bat file to start the lesson.

Introduction to Remote Sensing for Hydrology

 

Introduction


This portion of the SHyMet course introduces a variety of ways that remote sensing data can be used for hydrologic applications. First, satellite products useful in hydrology are identified. Then examples of using remote sensing data for monitoring cumulative precipitation, surface thermal properties, surface moisture, vegetation, water supply, snow, ice, flooding, and land use are presented.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify satellite products useful in hydrology.
  • Become familiar with remote sensing applications for hydrometeorology.
  • Understand uses of remote sensing data for operational hydrology.
  • Identify watershed characteristics from satellite data.

Training Session Options


Web-based Video training session
Note: Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation.

Satellite Applications for Tropical Cyclones: Dvorak Technique

Introduction


This training session focuses on the Dvorak Technique, which is used to assign tropical cyclone intensity, in other words how strong the winds are in a hurricane. The Dvorak technique uses satellite images alone to determine the maximum wind speed of a tropical cyclone.

Training Session Options


  1. YouTube video:

  2. Web-based Video Training Session
  3. Audio playback – This VISITview file contains recorded audio and annotations and can be taken at anytime.

    Create a directory to download the audio playback file (it is about 61 MB in size) from the following site: ftp://rammftp.cira.colostate.edu/bikos/audio/Dvorak_audio.exe

    After extracting the files into that directory, go to the Dvorak directory. Click on the visitplay.bat file to start the lesson. Click on “1. Title” to begin the presentation.