Submitted for the Direct Readout Conference, Miami, FL 4-8 April 2011



Satellite Meteorology Education Resources from COMET: What’s New?


Wendy Schreiber-Abshire, Patrick Dills, and Marianne Weingroff


UCAR/COMET Boulder, Colorado




The COMET® Program ( receives funding from NOAA’s geostationary and polar-orbiting satellite programs as well as EUMETSAT and the Meteorological Service of Canada to support education and training efforts in satellite meteorology. These partnerships enable COMET to create educational materials of global interest on the operational application of products from geostationary and polar-orbiting remote sensing platforms.


Over the last several years, COMET’s satellite education programs have focused on the capabilities and applications of the upcoming next generation operational polar- orbiting and GOES-R satellites and their relevance to operational forecasters and other user communities. By partnering with experts from the Naval Research Laboratory, NOAA-NESDIS and its Cooperative Institutes, Meteorological Service of Canada, and other user communities, COMET stimulates greater utilization of both current and future satellite data observations and products. COMET also continues to broaden the scope of its online training to include materials on the EUMETSAT Polar-orbiting System (EPS) and Meteosat geostationary satellites. EPS represents an important contribution to the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) between NOAA and EUMETSAT, while Meteosat imaging capabilities provide an important proving ground for the next-generation GOES-R imager. In addition, COMET and its partners have launched efforts to update earlier satellite modules that are heavily used by the operational forecast community.


Through the generosity of our sponsors, many of the over 50 satellite-specific training materials originally made available on MetEd in English are also available in Spanish and French. Nearly 20 titles are available online in Español and over 10 titles in Français.


This presentation provides an overview of COMET’s recent satellite education efforts and publications, highlighting new materials relevant to both polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites. These materials are available via the MetEd Web site ( and COMET’s Environmental Satellite Resource Center (ESRC) Web site ( The ESRC is a searchable, database driven Web site that provides easy access to a wide range of useful information and training materials on Earth observing satellites.