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VIIRS User Meeting - Celebrating 10 years of SNPP (Day One)

October 28, 2021 marked the successful 10th anniversary of the Suomi NPP (SNPP) satellite, a critical risk reduction and preparatory mission for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is the key imager on JPSS satellites and provides significant improvements in global imaging capabilities for operational meteorology and other applications over the legacy Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) on Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites (POES). A critical part of the JPSS mission is to work closely with the end users to enable full use and exploitation of the data to maximize the benefits of the mission to NOAA, our nation and society.

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.


Day One Agenda

Time Presenter
8:00 - 8:20 AM Tim Walsh
Acting JPSS Program Director
8:20 - 8:40 AM

Sreerekha Thonipparambil
Benefits of VIIRS data for EUMETSAT user community (PDF)

8:40 - 9:00 AM

Christopher Kyba
How many lightbulbs does it take to put up a nW/cm2 sr? (PDF)
Researcher GFZ Postdam

9:00 - 9:20 AM Kim Hyde
Ocean Color Applications in Fisheries Science and Management in the Northeast U.S. (PDF)
9:20 - 9:40 AM

Huw Martyn Howells
Estimation of flared gas volumes at oil & gas fields using VIIRS data (PDF)
Consultant, Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR),World Bank

9:40 - 10 :00 AM    Avichal Mehra
Use of VIIRS Ocean Products for Operational and Experimental Forecast Systems at NWS/NCEP (PDF)
Chief, Dynamics and Coupled Modeling Group, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/EMC/MDAB
10:00 - 10:20 AM  Break
10:20 - 10:40 AM Ravan Ahmadov
Using the satellite fire radiative data in mesoscale smoke and weather forecasting applications (PDF)
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA Global Systems Laboratory
10:40 - 11:00 AM Ran Goldblatt
Leveraging nighttime light data to measure economic development (PDF)
Chief Scientist New Light Technologies
11:00 - 11:20 AM Michael Lawson
Alaska Sea Ice Program: An Introduction to Operations NOAA VIIRS virtual user workshop (PDF)
NWS Alaska Sea Ice Program (ASIP)
11:20 - 11:40 AM     Thomas Kopp
VIIRS use for the AF and EWS (PDF)
Aerospace Corporation
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM Jordan Gerth
The Importance of VIIRS to the NWS Mission (PDF)
Leveraged Observations Lead, Physical Scientist, National Weather Service Office of Observations
12:00 - 12:20 PM Martin Setvak
Use of VIIRS data in CHMI (PDF)
Czech Hydrometeorological Institute | ČHMÚ · Satellite Department
12:20 - 12:40 PM Wrap-up / Q + A