Science and Technology Seminar



(Advanced Baseline Imager)

on the GOES-R series


Tim Schmit




The next generation geostationary satellite series will offer a continuation of current products and services and enable improved and new capabilities. The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on the GOES-R series has been designed to meet user requirements covering a wide range of phenomena. This includes applications related to weather, oceanography, climate, and the environment. The ABI will improve upon the current GOES Imager with more spectral bands, faster imaging, higher spatial resolution, improved navigation and registration, and more accurate calibration.  The ABI expands from five spectral bands on the current GOES imagers to a total of 16 spectral bands in the visible, near-infrared and infrared spectral regions.  There will be an increase of the coverage rate leading to full disk scans at least every 15 minutes. ABI spatial resolution will be 2 km for the infrared bands and 0.5 km for the 0.64 mm visible band.  ABI will improve every product from the current GOES Imager and will introduce a host of new products. The ABI will be used to generate “pseudo-soundings” to continue the sounder legacy products such as Total Precipitable Water  and atmospheric stability parameters. To better prepare for the on-orbit ABI observations, simulations from a mix of synthetic (derived via advanced forward models) and actual satellite observations will be shown. This includes sample ABI images that are being used to develop a Weather Event Simulator (WES) case.





April 08, 2009

2:00 - 3:00 p.m., E.T.

SSMC#2, Room 2358






















(Contact:  Bob Glahn at (301) 713-1768)