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Satellite Foundation Course for GOES-R/16 (SatFC-G)

GOES-R launched on 19 November 2016 and is now in geostationary orbit, which means

GOES-16_ABI Moon from Geo Orbit

GOES-16_ABI Moon from Geo Orbit

this satellite is now designated GOES-16. To address the training needs associated with the new capabilities introduced by GOES-16, the National Weather Service (NWS) is launching the Satellite Foundation Course for GOES-R/16 (SatFC-G).

The course is available through SHyMet and contains 37 short training modules to bring forecasters, the scientific community, and others up-to-date on the capabilities of the GOES-R/GOES-16 satellite. Course topics include an introduction to GOES-R/16 highlighting improved spatial and temporal resolution and additional new channels that will be available, followed by products and imagery that address a broad range of applications.

satfc-g_thumbThe intended audience for this course is forecasters, but anyone is welcome to participate. Those taking all 37 lessons and passing the quizzes will receive a signed SHyMet course completion certificate. For instructions on how to register to take this self-study course, please visit SHyMet website at 

Satellite Derived Annual PM2.5 Data Sets in Support of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) is organising a three part webinar series on using satellite derived  PM2.5 data sets.

Recently, annual mean PM2.5 maps have been developed using MODIS, MISR, and NASA_ARSETSeaWiFS observations from 1998-2015 and have been used by organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Greenpeace, to assess global air quality and health impacts. In this webinar, participants will learn how to use this database to analyze PM2.5 over cities using satellite observations. This training will cover accessing the data, analyzing long-term trends, and combining PM2.5 and population data sets to understand long-term exposure.

These webinars are intended to agencies involved in addressing and reporting on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as, local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations interested in assessing PM2.5 air quality.

The webinars will take place 15, 22 and 29 March. For more information please see

Meteosat-8 takes over from Meteosat-7


First operational image of the Indian Ocean region taken by Meteosat-8 on 1st February 2017 at 10:12 UTC

Meteosat-8 (second generation) replaced Meteosat-7 (first generation) as the EUMETSAT geostationary satellite observing the Indian Ocean on 1st February 2017.

For optimum synergy with the Indian INSAT-3D satellites located around 82° East and with Meteosat-10 located at 0°, Meteosat-8 operates at 41.5°East, instead of 57.5° East, the synergy with Meteosat-10 brings additional benefits to EUMETSAT users in Africa and Central and Eastern Europe.

The Meteosat-8 image data is delivered in real time over Europe and Africa via EUMETCast, EUMETSAT’s flexible dissemination system for environmental data, and are exchanged with IODC partners.

For more information about EUMETSAT geostationary satellites please see