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GOES Sounder Data and Products


Scott Bachmeier



Archived Training

Intern Course




Other contributors: Tim Schmit, Gary Wade, Jim Nelson, Jaime Daniels


The objectives of this session are:

A.) Overview of the GOES Sounder instrument

B.) Sounder temperature and moisture retrievals

C.) Derived Product Imagery (DPI) opperational applications. image enhancements.

D.) Future sounder improvements

Training Session Options:

    • A.) Audio playback – This VISITview file contains recorded audio and annotations and can be taken at anytime. Certificates of completion for NOAA employees can be obtained through your Science Operation Officer or training point of contact.

References/Additional Links

Suggested Enhancements for AWIPS GOES Sounder Derived Products

Realtime GOES sounder data and products on the Web:

  • NOAA/NESDIS Operational Products Development Branch
  • CIMSS Realtime GOES Products
  • CIMSS GOES Sounder Derived Products Collaboration siteReferences:
  • Bayler, G. M., R. M. Aune, and W. H. Raymond, 2001: NWP cloud initialization using GOES sounder data and improved modeling of non-precipitating clouds. /Mon. Wea. Rev/., 128, 3911-3920.
  • Daniels, J. M., T. J. Schmit, and D.W. Hillger, 2001: GOES-11 Science Test: GOES-11 Imager and Sounder Radiance and Product Validations. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 103, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.
  • Dostalek, John F. and Timothy J. Schmit, 2001: Total precipitable water measurements from GOES sounder derived product imagery. /Wea. Forecasting/, *16*, 573-587.
  • Ellrod, Gary P., Nelson, James P., Witiw, Michael R., Bottos, Lynda, Roeder, William P. 2000: *Experimental GOES Sounder Products for the Assessment of Downburst Potential.* /Weather and Forecasting/: Vol. 15, No. 5, pp. 527–542.
  • Hillger, D. W., T. J. Schmit, and J. M. Daniels, 2003: Imager and Sounder Radiance and Product Validations for the GOES-12 Science Test, NOAA Technical Report 115, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.
  • Li, J., C. C. Schmidt, J. P. Nelson III, T. J. Schmit, and W. P. Menzel, 2001: Estimation of total atmospheric ozone from GOES sounder radiances with high temporal resolution. /J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., /18, 157-168.Ma, X. L., T. Schmit, and W. L. Smith, 1999: A non-linear physical retrieval algorithm – its application to the GOES-8/9 sounder. /J. Appl. Meteor./, *38*, 501-513.
  • Schmit T. J., W. F. Feltz, W. P. Menzel, J. Jung, A. P. Noel, J. N. Heil, J. P. Nelson III, G. S. Wade, 2002: Validation and use of GOES sounder moisture information, /Wea. Forecasting/, *17*, 139-154.
  • Schreiner, A. J., T. J. Schmit, and R. M. Aune, 2002: Maritime inversions and the GOES sounder cloud product. /Nat. Wea. Assoc. Digest/, *26*, 1,2 27-38.
  • Schreiner, Anthony J., Timothy J. Schmit, and W. Paul Menzel, 2001: Observations and trends of clouds based on GOES sounder data. /J. Geophys. Res./, *106*, 20,349-20,363.
  • Images of satellite-derived cloud top pressure for the contiguous United States, Schreiner et al., Proceedings of the National Weather Association Conference, pp 35, December 3-8 1995.
  • Derived Product Imagery from GOES-8, Hayden, C.M., G.S. Wade, and T.J. Schmit, Journal of Appiled Meteorology, 35, pp 153-162, 1996.
  • Application of GOES-8/9 Soundings to Weather Forecasting and Nowcasting, Menzel et al., Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 79, 1998.
  • Satellite Meteorology: Using the GOES Sounder (COMET CD-ROM, September 1998)
This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites


Scott Bachmeier
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