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Training Initiative

Training Initiative

The Data Dilemma

Data products created from weather satellites turn the ones and zeros transmitted from space to the ground into useable information for scientists and meteorologists. These data products are used to build your local forecast, study Earth’s systems, organize life-saving disaster relief and so much more.

Educating Users Around the World

There are myriad insights that can be drawn from the JPSS constellation’s data, but users need proper training to access and utilize weather satellite data. By promoting the JPSS program and educating users about currently available data products, the Training Initiative can maximize the benefits of the JPSS fleet to people around the world.

2016 winter solstice imagery from the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite.

Additional Training Resources

The Training Initiative begets new, innovative uses for JPSS data. Improving access to weather satellite data better equips users to take advantage of this resource, enhancing the JPSS constellation’s impact on humanity. In addition, the Training Initiative looks for ways to leverage additional training resources that can provide key insights into the use of satellite products. As one of the newest initiatives, the Training Initiative has already adopted a joint approach, partnering with the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series program to share training approaches and resources to minimize the time forecasters need to become familiar with satellite capabilities that are applicable to both polar and geostationary satellites.

The JPSS program has also worked with the COMET program to handle its more detailed training needs. The COMET program is a worldwide leader in support of education and training for the environmental sciences, delivering scientifically relevant and instructionally progressive products and services. COMET has is a long-standing partner with the National Weather Service, allowing JPSS to ensure its training modules reflect those that have already been accepted by one of its key user communities.

Access COMET Modules and Other Training Resources

Screenshot of the training site.
Suomi NPP course page from the MedEd website.