COMET's MetEd Education and Training Resources for GOES-16 and -17, and JPSS (NOAA-20) User Readiness (35)

Patrick Dills, UCAR-COMET, Boulder, CO

Amy Stevermer, UCAR-COMET




COMET's MetEd Education and Training Resources for GOES-16 and -17, and JPSS (NOAA-20) User Readiness

Patrick Dills, Amy Stevermer, and Liz Page

UCAR/COMET Boulder, Colorado


The COMET&reg Program (, through support from NOAA NESDIS and EUMETSAT, develops and delivers a range of education and training to help forecasters and other users make the most of next-generation environmental satellite data and products. Currently, over 100 satellite-focused, self-paced online lessons are accessible from the MetEd website via the direct topic link Many of these lessons have been translated into Spanish, French, and other languages to be accessible to a larger international audience.

MetEd training materials help prepare users for the capabilities of the Suomi NPP and JPSS satellite series as well as the new GOES-16 and GOES-17 satellites. Resources include the JPSS Satellites: Capabilities and Applications distance learning course as well as multiple short lessons produced for the National Weather Service's Satellite Foundational Course for JPSS (SatFC-J) that introduce instrument capabilities and applications. Additional JPSS resources include information about the Community Satellite Processing Package (CSPP). For GOES-16 and GOES-17, latest efforts involve incorporating GOES-16 products into the NWS Satellite Foundational Course for GOES-R (SatFC-G) and for lessons related to fire weather, marine meteorology, and aviation. Other GOES-R materials include COMET's in-depth lessons introducing the full GOES-R satellite, the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), and the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). These GOES-R materials are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

New geostationary and low Earth orbiting satellites are providing forecasters and others with more environmental information and data than has ever been available from previous operational platforms. All users of satellite products can access MetEd's GOES, JPSS, and other satellite learning resources to learn about the improvements these technologies bring to decision support, short-term forecasting, numerical weather prediction, and environmental monitoring.