GOES-R Workshop For Broadcast Meteorologists


June 17, 2016 – The GOES-R Series Program is providing a special opportunity for broadcast meteorologists to attend a workshop at Kennedy Space Center in Florida November 1-4, 2016 and cover the launch of the GOES-R satellite LIVE.

The GOES-R Workshop provides a unique opportunity to bring together broadcast meteorologists from around the nation to engage with professionals from NOAA and NASA on the launch of this revolutionary satellite. GOES-R will transform weather forecasting with its high spatial and temporal resolution sensor called the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI).

The workshop will be streamed LIVE and broadcast meteorologists can participate in another unique opportunity to earn continuing education credits toward maintaining their certifications for their AMS CBM and NWA Seal of Approval. StormCenter has partnered with UCAR COMET to provide a LIVE streaming experience wrapped in an interactive learning module. Now every broadcast meteorologist around the nation and around the world can participate LIVE in this workshop.

Following the workshop broadcast meteorologists will cover the launch LIVE as the United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 expendable launch vehicle lifts GOES-R into orbit. The launch is scheduled for November 4, 2016 at 5:44pm EDT. LIVE capability will be provided for those broadcast meteorologists selected for VIP status. The workshop and launch will be open to all broadcast meteorologists that want to cover the launch on their own. Contact the workshop organizer Dave Jones (launch@stormcenter.com) to indicate your interest. Space will be limited so make sure you have the full support of your management prior to contacting Dave.

The deadline to apply for the workshop is July 15, 2016.

GOES-R will have the capability to monitor multiple weather events and provide real-time weather forecast information to the NOAA’s National Weather Service. Improved instrument technology on GOES-R includes more visible and infrared channels, four times the imaging resolution, and a brand new lightning detection capability.

Since 1975, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) have provided continuous imagery and data on atmospheric conditions and solar activity. They have even aided in search and rescue of people in distress. GOES data products have led to more accurate and timely weather forecasts and better understanding of long-term climate conditions. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) builds and launches the GOES, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates them.

GOES-R is being developed by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado.