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JPSS Science Training Resources

The JPSS Program is committed to ensuring that the satellite user community is prepared to make the most of the imagery and data available from JPSS satellites, the United States' polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system. To that end, we present the following list of online resources to help users take full advantage of JPSS data.

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CIMSS Satellite Blog (CIMSS)

This showcases examples of some of the meteorological satellite imagery and products that are available to (or created by) scientists and researchers at NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), located at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC).


Meteorological Interpretation Blog (CIRA)

Intended to open the doors of communication between the Operational, Academic and Training Meteorology communities.


Satellite Liaison

This serves as a vehicle to demonstrate the current and future capabilities of these JPSS and GOES-R programs. Blog posts focus on how satellite data were used by National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters. The “Satellite Liaison’s” who contribute to the blog represent the scientists who guide the NWS and other users on best practices for incorporating old, new, and future satellite imagery and products into forecast and warning operations.


The Wide World of SPoRT Blog (NASA SPoRT)

The “Wide World of SPoRT” is a collaborative blog to facilitate dialog and an exchange of information on the real-time use of NASA data and research technologies to improve short-term weather forecasting.


VIIRS Products

VIIRS Active Fire Quick Guide

The VIIRS Active Fire (VIIRS-AF) product provides detections of thermal anomalies across the globe on a daily basis, including information about fire location and intensity which can be used to help in operational response decisions.



The Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) project at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, is a NASA- and NOAA-funded activity to transition experimental/quasi-operational satellite observations and research capabilities to the operational weather community to improve short-term weather forecasts on a regional and local scale.


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Other Links and Resources

VISIT Satellite Chat (CIRA)

The primary mission of VISIT is to accelerate the transfer of research results based on atmospheric remote sensing data into National Weather Service operations using distance education techniques.


JPSS Satellites (COMET)

This self-paced distance learning course provides access to a suite of training resources focused on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and the capabilities offered by the next generation of polar-orbiting satellites.


Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA)

The Geophysical Institute was established by an Act of Congress in 1946 and enjoys an international reputation for studies of the earth and its physical environment. It is one of the few research institutes in the United States where scientists study a wide spectrum of geophysical processes ranging from the center of the earth to the center of the sun and beyond. It has many training resources to take advantage of.



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JPSS Training Workshops and Short Courses

The JPSS Program Science Team and its partners host regular opportunities for interested parties to learn more about how to use JPSS data.

VIIRS User Meeting - Celebrating 10 years of SNPP

As we celebrate 10 successful years of the SNPP mission and as we prepare to launch the JPSS-2 satellite before the end of 2022, JPSS is organizing a two-day virtual workshop on June 29-30, 2022 to hear from key users about how VIIRS products and applications are benefitting organizations meet their mission goals in serving their stakeholders and society. This information will enable us to assess the impacts of VIIRS to society and provide information on future mission formulation.


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Past Workshops/Seminars