GOES-R Outreach Program 2015 Request for Proposals Details

The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET) announces its 2015 Outreach Program Request for Proposals (RFP) for GOES-R Partners Projects, which are described below along with the proposal submission requirements. Applications for the COMET Partners Projects are accepted at any time that funds are available. Guidelines for Partners Project proposal submission can be found at Partners Proposals page.

RFP Goal

Since 1989, the COMET Outreach Program has worked to improve local forecast and warning services by providing financial support to universities for applied meteorological and hydrological research. The Outreach Program funds collaborative projects between NWS offices and universities that typically lead to the adoption of a new or improved forecast technique and an increased understanding of local meteorology. Since its beginning, the program has sponsored over 300 projects involving more than 90 different universities and over 100 NWS forecast offices.

The NOAA/NESDIS GOES-R Program has recently funded a new Outreach Program activity that will provide support for Partner’s Projects (described below). The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to broaden the Proving Ground’s activities to encourage university researchers with satellite expertise to partner with current Proving Ground participants and/or new NWS offices in testing, validating, or finding innovative uses for GOES-R products. More information on GOES-R and the Proving Ground is available below.

Proposal topics could include (but are not limited to):

  • Training NWS forecasters to use new products
  • Identifying different utilities of each product
  • Identifying weaknesses or errors with each product
  • Integrating GOES-R products with other data, products and models
  • Application of satellite products in numerical weather prediction
  • Use of Himawari data in forecast applications
  • Application of combined GEOS-R and /NPPJPSS data and products to a forecast problem
  • Using products to improve forecasting of:
    • Lightning
    • Aviation weather
    • Convective storm initiation and evolution
    • Convection over oceans
    • Hurricane structure and intensity
    • Fog formation and dissipation
    • Dry lines and gravity waves
    • Volcanic ash monitoring
    • Frozen precipitation, including snowbands

Eligible Participants

Funding is available to universities not affiliated with SPoRT, CIRA, or CIMSS.  All projects must also have an NWS partner(s) who will actively collaborate in the research. NWS partners may be at a Weather Forecast Office (WFO), River Forecast Center (RFC), Regional Headquarters, or a National Specialized Center, and we especially encourage the participation of offices not currently involved in the Proving Ground.

Types of Proposals

This RFP is soliciting proposals for the following projects:

Partners Projects: These projects are for focused efforts that will last one year and have a maximum funding level of $20,000 per project. Partners Projects must also be collaborative efforts with NWS offices or National Centers. These proposals will be accepted beginning early 2015, reviewed as they are received, and will be funded based on the selection criteria until all project funds have been awarded.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants can access the Outreach Proposal Instructions from the Partners Proposals page or obtain a hardcopy by contacting the COMET Outreach Program Manager, Dr. Greg Byrd, byrd@ucar.edu.

For More Information

Please contact Dr. Greg Byrd, COMET Outreach Program Manager, by telephone at (303) 497-8357 or by e-mail at byrd@ucar.edu. Contact the SSD Chiefs or NCEP Principal Scientist to discuss project ideas. Contact information is available on the Contact Information page.

 

Background on GOES-R

When the first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) is launched in 2016, it will begin a new era in U.S. geostationary environmental remote sensing (see the GOES-R Website).  Its instruments will produce over 50 times the information provided by the current GOES system and will offer a variety of unique environmental observations, with particular emphasis on hazardous weather in the Western Hemisphere and space weather impacts. The advances include increased spatial, temporal, and spectral resolutions for Earth monitoring, improved space weather observations, and new operational observations such as lightning mapping.
The instrument packages on board the GOES–R satellites are:

  • The 16–channel Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) for viewing of Earth's clouds, atmosphere, and surface
  • The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) for monitoring hemispheric lightning flashes
  • The Extreme Ultra-Violet and X–Ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) for measuring solar particles, and the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) for imaging the Sun
  • The space environment monitoring suite that includes the Space Environment In–Situ Suite (SEISS) and Magnetometer (MAG) for monitoring Earth's space environment and geomagnetic storms, and
  • The Unique Payload Services suite that includes:
    • The GOES Re–Broadcast data service (or GRB) for transmitting real–time data products to users
    • The Low Rate Information Transmission service (LRIT) for providing data from a variety of satellites and other environmental data to users
    • The Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN) containing data specifically to meet the needs of emergency managers
    • The Data Collection System (DCS) for relaying environmental data from remotely located platforms, and
    • The Search and Rescue Satellite–aided Tracking service (SARSAT) to help locate mariners, aviators, and others in distress

More information about GOES-R is available in the COMET distance learning course, GOES-R Satellites Orientation Course, available at (insert URL) (free registration is required).

GOES-R Proving Ground

In preparation for the launch, the GOES-R Satellite Proving Ground project has joined with the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast and warning community to conduct pre-operational demonstrations of selected capabilities anticipated from this next generation of satellite systems. The objective is to ensure that users of the GOES-R system can immediately take advantage of these capabilities as soon as the system is operational, resulting in an effective transition of GOES-R research products to the operational weather community. More information about the Proving Ground is available at: http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/goes_r/proving-ground.html

Until now, the Proving Ground’s efforts have focused on testing new ideas, technologies, and products developed by the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), and the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) via SPoRT in partnership with a variety of users shown in the graphic below.

Simulated GOES-R products are generated using combinations of currently available GOES data and EUMETSAT’s Meteosat data, along with higher resolution data provided by instruments on polar-orbiting satellites such as MODIS on NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites, as well as model synthetic satellite data.

Products currently being tested in the Proving Ground are shown in the table below:

Current products (routinely available in AWIPS):

Product Name
(clickable links for more information)

Product Input

Demonstration Resolution

GOES-R Resolution

Product Status

Product Source

Visible (0.65µm)

MODIS (Band 1)

1 km / 4 images per day

0.5 km / 5 min

Available since July 2006

CIMSS, SPoRT

Cirrus Detection (1.6µm)

MODIS (Band 26)

1 km / 4 images per day

2 km / 5 min

Available since July 2006

CIMSS

Snow/Ice Discrimination (2.1µm)

MODIS (Band 7)

1 km / 4 images per day

2 km / 5 min

Available since July 2006

CIMSS

Shortwave IR (3.7µm)

MODIS (Band 20)

1 km / 4 images per day

2 km / 5 min

Available since July 2006

CIMSS, SPoRT

Water Vapor (6.7µm)

MODIS (Band 27)

1 km / 4 images per day

2 km / 5 min

Available since July 2006

CIMSS, SPoRT

IR Window (11.0µm)

MODIS (Band 31)

1 km / 4 images per day

2 km / 5 min

Available since July 2006

CIMSS, SPoRT

Fog/stratus Product (11.0-3.7µm)

MODIS

1 km / 4 images per day

2 km / 5 min

Available since July 2006

CIMSS, SPoRT

Sea Surface Temperature

MODIS

1 km / 4 images per day

2 km / 5 min

Available since July 2006

CIMSS, SPoRT

True Color RGB (24-bit )

MODIS

250 m / 2 images per day

0.5-1 km / 5 min

Available since July 2007

CIMSS

Normalized Difference Vegetation Index

MODIS

1 km / 4 images per day

2 km / 5 min

Available since July 2008

CIMSS

Land Surface Temperature

MODIS

1 km / 4 images per day

2 km / 5 min

Available since July 2008

CIMSS, SPoRT

Cloud Phase

MODIS

4 km / 4 images per day

10 km / 15 min

Available since July 2006

CIMSS

Cloud Top Temperature

MODIS

4 km / 4 images per day

10 km / 15 min

Available since July 2006

CIMSS

Total Precipitable Water

MODIS

4 km / 4 images per day

10 km / 15 min

Available since July 2006

CIMSS

Total Column Ozone

GOES

10 km / 1 image per hour

10 km / 15 min

Available since Oct 2006

CIMSS

Simulated True Color

MODIS

250-500 m / 2 images per day

0.5-1 km / 5 min

Available since 2002

SPoRT

Lightning Detection

NASA/UAH Ground Based Instruments

2 km / 2min

10 km

Available since 2002

SPoRT

Composite SST

MODIS

1 km / 6 hr

2 km / 1 hr

Available since 2002

SPoRT

GOES Mesoscale Winds

GOES

Variable / 15 min

N/A

Available since May 2007

CIMSS

CRAS Forecast Imagery

Satellite, Model

~10 km / 1 image per hour

N/A

Available since Sep 2006

CIMSS

Convective Initiation (UWCI)

GOES

4 km / 5-15 min

2 km / 5 min

Available since June 2009

CIMSS

Overshooting Top/Enhanced-V
Training Slides

GOES

4 km / 5-15 min

2 km

Available since March 2010

CIMSS