The Greater Miami Chapter of the AMS presents
"20 years of GOES measurements
from 2005 to 2025"

Timothy J. Schmit
Advanced Satellite Products Team

Dec 7, 2004 at 3pm.
Media/Conference room at NHC

This seminar will discuss the capabilities and improvements associated with the upcoming and next generation of GOES satellites. The GOES N, O, and P satellites (the first of which is scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2005) will have improved temporal coverage, navigation, image resultion and radiometrics, as well as less instrument noise.

The next generation GOES-R geostationary satellite will be launched in the 2013 timeframe and will have significant design improvements over the GOES N, O, and P series. It will host powerful multispectral imaging and hyperspectral sounding sensors; directed at acquiring significantly greater data on the: atmosphere, environment, land, ocean, and coastal areas. The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and the Hyperspectral Environmental Suite (HES) on GOES-R will enable much improved monitoring compared to current capabilities. The ABI will have 16 spectral bands (compared with five on the current GOES imagers), improved image resolution in the infrared bands, and almost a five-fold increase in the coverage rate. The HES-IR will be able to provide higher spectral resolution observations (on the order of 1 cm- 1, compared to 20 cm-1 on today’s broadband sounders) with spatial resolutions of between 4 and 10 km. Every product currently produced from today’s GOES imager will be improved, plus there will be at least a factor of four increase in the number of products from the GOES-R system.

In summary, the planned improvements to the GOES system will help to better monitor the hurricane environments. This should lead to improved forecasts.

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