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SHyMet: Satellite Foundational Course for JPSS (SatFC-J)

JPSS-1 launched on 18 November 2017 and has been designated NOAA-20. The National Weather Service (NWS) Satellite Foundational Course for JPSS (SatFC-J) is now available and contains 13 short training modules to bring forecasters, the scientific community, and others up-to-date on the capabilities of the JPSS/NOAA-20 satellite. The SatFC-J course was designed by the National Weather Service satellite training advisory team (STAT) which consists of science operations officers from five regions, satellite liaisons, and representatives from the NWS Office of the Chief Learning Officer (OCLO). Training developers included the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), COMET, the Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT),and OCLO.

The JPSS satellite series introduces a variety of new and improved capabilities compared to previous NOAA satellites. The objective of this course is to address training needs associated with this next generation satellite. Specifically, topics will include an introduction to microwave remote sensing as well as improvements in the infrared imagers and sounders that address a broad range of applications. Highlights include improved precipitation applications and atmospheric temperature and moisture retrievals for real time applications and input to numerical models. The intended audience is forecasters but anyone is welcome to participate.

If you are a NOAA employee, register for this course via the NOAA/NWS Commerce Learn Center.

For non-NOAA users taking the SHyMet version, register for the course by sending an email containing your name to:  nws.oaa.clo.shymet AT noaa.gov

Be sure to indicate you are registering for the SatFC-J course.

After you’ve registered via email, we will reply to you with setup instructions on how to complete the course. After taking all of the lessons you will need to pass a quiz for each course section. The expected completion time of taking the entire course (which includes all the modules, quiz completion and orientation) is 6 to 8 hours.

SatFC-J course orientation (expected completion time 30 minutes)

A series of proof of concept videos are available for this course. These are not training modules for the course, rather, they serve as optional supplemental information to the SatFC-J course with the intent of demonstrating the utility of JPSS data and products in operational forecasting.

Training Modules


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Title Topic Instructor(s) Developed Updated Length (min) WMO Sat. Skill(s)
Introduction to Microwave Remote Sensing Sat FC-J SatFC-J CIRA 2018 25
Oxygen and Water Vapor Absorption Bands Sat FC-J SatFC-J CIRA 2018 30
Microwave Surface Emissivity Sat FC-J SatFC-J CIRA 2018 25
Influence of Clouds and Precipitation Sat FC-J SatFC-J CIRA 2018 25
Orbits and Data Availability SatFC-J Dills (COMET) 2018 20
The VIIRS Imager SatFC-J Lee (COMET) 2018 35
The CrIS and ATMS Sounders SatFC-J Dills (COMET) 2018 45
The AMSR2 Microwave Imager SatFC-J Lee (COMET) 2018 30
NASA GPM Overview Sat FC-J SatFC-J SPoRT 2018 25
Uses of VIIRS Imagery Sat FC-J SatFC-J Lindstrom (CIMSS) 2018 25
The VIIRS Day / Night Band Beneficial Products and their Applications Lee (COMET) 2018 25
NUCAPS Soundings Sat FC-J SatFC-J Lindstrom (CIMSS) 2018 20
Impact of Satellite Observations on NWP SatFC-G COMET 2017 30

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The JPSS satellite series will introduce a variety of new and improved capabilities compared to previous NOAA satellites. The objective of this course is to address training needs associated with this next generation of polar orbiting satellites. Specifically, topics will include an introduction to JPSS highlighting improved spatial and temporal resolution and additional new channels that will be available followed by products and imagery that address a broad range of applications. The intended audience is forecasters but anyone is welcome to participate. Since the training content is entirely web-based, the student may take the training whenever they wish.

1. Provide a general introduction to microwave remote sensing.

2. Learn about the importance of oxygen and water vapor absorption regions in the microwave spectrum as related to obtaining temperature and moisture profiles.

3. Learn about microwave surface emissivity and how it relates to characterization of different surfaces across the Earth.

4. Understand how microwave sensors provide moisture, cloud properties and precipitation information against different surface backgrounds.

5. Describe relative orbits of various low earth orbiting satellites and understand the implications on product coverage and availability.

6. Describe relative orbits of various low earth orbiting satellites and understand the implications on product coverage and availability.

7. Understand some aspects of the VIIRS imager, including imaging strategy, resolution, spectral bands and key applications.

8. Understand the capabilities of the CrIS and ATMS Sounder instruments and identify key products.

9. Understand the capabilities of the AMSR2 microwave imager instrument and identify key products.

10. Describe key features of the GPM mission and its data products and explain their potential impact on forecast operations.

11. Explore a variety of VIIRS imagery applications.

12. Describe the utility of the Day Night Band and derived Near-Constant Contrast products

13. Understand how NUCAPS soundings are obtained, data coverage, availability and forecasting applications

14. Describe the impact of satellite observatoins on NWP analyses and forecasts

 

NOAA employees should take the SatFC-J course via the NOAA Commerce Learn Center (CLC) so that they receive training credit on the CLC.

Yes. The orientation module should be taken first. After the orientation, the Introduction to Microwave Remote Sensing section modules should be taken in order before any of the other modules since they serve as background material.

Yes. However, you will not receive credit for completion of the SHyMet: SatFC-J course. We are unable to provide training credit for an individual module / lesson.

Around 6 to 8 hours. This includes additional time beyond just the length of the video associated with each module to include time for comprehension, time to complete the quizzes and time to take the course orientation. This estimate does not include time to view the optional proof of concept videos.