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Training Resources



The JPSS program is committed to ensuring that the satellite user community is prepared to make the most of the imagery and data available from JPSS satellites, the United States' next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system. To that end, we've present the following list of online resources to help users say engaged and up-to-date with the latest discoveries, discussions, and developments pertaining to JPSS and any affiliated satellite programs.



JPSS Short Course from the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society


During the 2018 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program held short course titled, “Using JPSS Data Products to Observe and Forecast Major Environmental Events.” The presentations from the event were recorded and have been made available through NOAA/NESDIS’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University. The short course offered a great deal of information on a variety of subjects of interest to the satellite community, including:

  • An Overview of JPSS Program
  • The Use of JPSS to Support NOAA Operational Missions
  • An Introduction to JPSS Data and Products and Their Scientific Maturity
  • A Demonstration on the Use of NOAA CLASS
  • Accessing JPSS Data and Products’
  • Evaluating JPSS Products in Alaska
  • Monitoring Volcanic Hazards.

For more information about the short course, including links to the presentations and videos delivered during the event, visit CIRA’s Virtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training.


Other Online Training Resources:


VIIRS Active Fire Quick Guide
The VIIRS Active Fire (VIIRS-AF) product provides detections of thermal anomalies across the globe on a daily basis, including information about fire location and intensity which can be used to help in operational response decisions.

JPSS Satellites (COMET)
This self-paced distance learning course provides access to a suite of training resources focused on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and the capabilities offered by the next generation of polar-orbiting satellites.

VIIRS Products (NASA SPoRT)
The Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) project at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, is a NASA- and NOAA-funded activity to transition experimental/quasi-operational satellite observations and research capabilities to the operational weather community to improve short-term weather forecasts on a regional and local scale.

The Wide World of SPoRT Blog (NASA SPoRT)
The “Wide World of SPoRT” is a collaborative blog to facilitate dialog and an exchange of information on the real-time use of NASA data and research technologies to improve short-term weather forecasting.

VISIT Satellite Chat (CIRA)
The primary mission of VISIT is to accelerate the transfer of research results based on atmospheric remote sensing data into National Weather Service operations using distance education techniques.

VISIT: Meteorological Interpretation Blog (CIRA)
This blog is intended to open the doors of communication between the Operational, Academic and Training Meteorology communities.

CIMSS Satellite Blog (CIMSS)
This blog showcases examples of some of the meteorological satellite imagery and products that are available to (or created by) scientists and researchers at NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), located at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) .

Direct Broadcast Applications Workshop (CIMSS)
A list of direct broadcast webinars from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison