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Updates on CIRA VISIT, SHyMet and VLab Training. GOES-R / JPSS COMET Working Group Meeting 7 Nov. 2013. Outline. Summary of VISIT / SHyMet activities in the last year. Planned VISIT / SHyMet training for the upcoming year. Summary of international training activities.

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Updates on cira visit shymet and vlab training

Updates on CIRA VISIT, SHyMet and VLabTraining


Working Group Meeting

7 Nov. 2013


  • Summary of VISIT / SHyMet activities in the last year.

  • Planned VISIT / SHyMet training for the upcoming year.

  • Summary of international training activities.

Training participation
Training Participation

  • VISIT training metrics (since 11/1/2012):

    • 183 teletraining participants.

    • 471 recorded version participants (i.e. LMS completions)

  • SHyMet course completions (course debut):

    • Intern: 313 (April 2006)

    • Forecaster: 22 (January 2010)

    • Tropical: 7 (August 2010)

    • Severe: 37 (March 2011)

Promoting GOES-R and VIIRS examples on the VISIT Satellite Chat30 minute monthly virtual sessionon a Wednesday 16:30 UTC and 20:30 UTChttp://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/satellite_chat/Focus: imagery and products that highlight recent events


SAL Dust

Idaho Fires

GOES-12 decommission


Flooding in Colo. and N. Mexico

Tropical briefing


W. Coast fog

S. Dakota blizzard

Northeast severe weather

CIRA/NRL cloud layers and snow Chat

SPoRT/ NASA False color snow

CIMSS/ NASA/EUMETSAT False color snow

CIRA GOES cloud and snow

Benefits Chat

  • Informal - interaction, comments, and questions are encouraged

  • Showing products leads to requests for products, blog entries, case studies…

  • Guest contributors

  • More interaction among


Planned visit like activities supported by goes r
Planned VISIT-like activities supported by GOES-R Chat

  • Continue to administer / maintain teletraining and recorded modules (on LMS).

  • Teletraining session on sky cover forecasting.

  • R & D on ORI (Orographic Rain Product) along with updated training.

  • Assistance with GOES-R projects training activities:

    • Assist the SME’s in development / administration of training.

Planned shymet activities in collaboration with cimss
Planned ChatSHyMet Activities in collaboration with CIMSS

  • Develop a new course “GOES-R Instruments and Products”.

    • Leverage existing training at CIRA, CIMSS, COMET, SPoRT, NESDIS, etc.

    • Include a wide variety of topics on related GOES-R:

      • Air Quality, Space Weather, Hydrology, Precipitation, Convection, Lightning, Fog/Stratus, Cloud Coverage, Fire Weather etc.

    • New modules to support a need (eg. Snow RGBs)

    • Leverage ideas and materials from/to the international community

  • Continue the VISIT satellite chat

  • Include VISIT / SHyMet training in COMET ESRC

Direct and indirect international training support
Direct and indirect Chatinternational training support

Direct CIRA involvement utilizing VISIT structure

  • To run monthly virtual focus group

  • To participate in virtual training events of the WMO Virtual Laboratory and the VLab management group

    Indirect CIRA involvement:

  • Support of the WMO VLab Technical Support Officer (VLab TSO)

Wmo vlab technical support officer tso activities
WMO ChatVLab Technical Support Officer (TSO) activities

  • Assist the establishment and maintenance of Regional Focus Groups and their activities

  • Support the planning of regional training events

  • Maintain and enhance the VLab Web presence and Moodle Web site http://vlab.wmo.int/

  • Cooperate with the VLMG Co-Chairs to organize the VLMG virtual and face to face meetings

  • In coordination with the VLMG Co-Chairs, prepare the VLab annual report to CGMS and ET-SUP

  • Engaged in conferences, workshops, other learning activities.

Wmo vlab tso funding history
WMO ChatVLabTSO funding history

  • Brazil initiated TSO position ~July –Dec 2009

  • GOES-R support: Jan 2010 – Feb 2012

  • JPSS support: March 2012 – March 2014

  • NWS International Affairs Office partial support: July 2012 – February 2013

  • WMO Trust Fund established August 2012

    Member contributions: EUMETSAT, Korea, others

  • CIRA/WMO contract established September 2012

Cira direct international training efforts history
CIRA direct international Chattraining efforts history

  • Prior to FY11, supported by GIMPAP

  • Since then supported has come from GOES-R, JPSS, and SHyMet

NOAA-WMO Train the Trainers 29Workshop on GEONETCastand Related Systems6-7 April 2013 College Park, MD.(weekend before NOAA Satellite Conference)

  • Goals:

  • Illustrate the importance of using satellite data for disaster risk mitigation.

  • Discuss installation and use of GNC as a means of sending applied satellite data and training material.

Training needs
Training Needs 29

Taken from summary slides by Kathy-Ann Caesar

Vlab virtual training geonetcast americas 3 4 5 december 2013 13 30 utc english 15 30 utc spanish
VLab 29 Virtual TrainingGEONETCast- Americas3, 4, 5 December 201313:30 UTC English 15:30 UTC Spanish


  • Introduction, operations, and capabilities of GEONETCast (GNC); WMO Regions III and IV Satellite Data Requirements

  • Disaster mitigation products and the importance of GNC as a risk-reducing global data access system; Input from current and potential users.

  • Software for visualization;  Introduction to GOES-R