New, Multi-Spectral Imagery Products from GOES-16 Usher in a new Era of Satellite Meteorology (111)

Kevin Fuell, NASA SPoRT / University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL

Emily Berndt, NASA SPoRT / NASA MSFC


Kevin McGrath, NASA SPoRT / Jacobs ESSCA



The operational forecaster and on-air meteorologist have several new multi-spectral imagery products from GOES-16. Otherwise known as &ldquoR-G-B&rdquo imagery, these new products provide a paradigm shift in short-term nowcasting and situational awareness via remote sensing. RGB imagery products are more than just a color enhancement as typically used for single channel or channel differences. The RGB imagery effectively combines channels from GOES-R into one product in order to efficiently use the 3-fold increase in channels from the Advanced Baseline Imager. Many of these RGB products have been introduced to operational forecasters while their on-air use has been limited. The NWS forecaster has had over 9 hours of training on the fundamentals of GOES-R and supplemental training/resources are being provided to some of NASA SPoRT's NWS partners as part of an assessment of the RGBs in operations. During the assessment in Fall/Winter of 2017, forecasters across the U.S. provided feedback on the impacts and &ldquobest practices&rdquo of some of these RGB products, specifically the Nighttime Microphysics and Dust RGBs. This presentation will demonstrate how GOES-16 RGBs are changing satellite meteorology as well as describe the feedback from assessment participants that will help other meteorologists be ready for this new era.