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VIIRS Satellite Imagery in AWIPS


Scott Bachmeier (CIMSS)

Scott Lindstrom



Archived Training





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This basic-level VISIT teletraining lesson will describe the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) data from the Suomi/NPP (National Polar-orbiting Partnership) satellites that have recently been made available to the NWS Regional AWIPS servers (WFOs may add VIIRS imagery to their local AWIPS via LDM subscription). A variety of VIIRS examples will demonstrate the unique operational utility of these new satellite products, which will help forecasters prepare for new satellite channels and products coming in the JPSS and GOES-R era.

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. Audio playback (recommended for low-bandwidth users) – This is an audio playback version in the form of a downloadable VISITview and can be taken at anytime.

    Create a directory to download the audio playback file (139 MB) from the following link:

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

  2. Live VISIT teletraining (with an instructor leading the session). Check the VISIT Training Calendar to signup for teletraining. The session will last 45 minutes. This teletraining session uses the VISITview software, where a Windows PC with an Internet connection is needed.Please follow the teletraining installation instructions to install the session

References/Additional Links

This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites


Scott Bachmeier (608) 263-3958