The GOES-R Series Program is committed to ensuring that the user community is prepared for the new types of satellite imagery and data that are available from the GOES-R satellite series. Users are defined as the individuals, companies, and institutions that will use the GOES-R Level 1b (L1b), Level 2, and higher-level (L2+) products to perform their meteorological functions. Preparing users for the advanced capabilities of GOES-R Series satellites is essential to the success of the mission. The intended outcomes of the user readiness plan are day one readiness, maximum utilization of GOES-R products, and an effective transition to operations. GOES-R engaged users early in the process through Proving Ground and NOAA testbed activities, simulated data sets, training, scientific and user conferences, and other communication and outreach efforts.
The GOES-R User Readiness Plan (URP) provides an overall plan for the user readiness.
An important element of user readiness is the GOES-R Proving Ground. The Proving Ground is a collaborative effort between the GOES-R Program Office, NOAA Cooperative Institutes, a NASA center, NWS Weather Forecast Offices, NCEP National Centers, and NOAA Test Beds across the country. The Proving Ground is a project in which simulated GOES-R products can be tested and evaluated before the GOES-R satellite is launched into space.