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This page gives an overview of the NWS plans for adding GOES-R products to the NOAAPort Satellite Broadcast Network (SBN), including the products themselves, pre-launch tests, product assignments to SBN channels, and product formats. The SBN will carry a subset of GOES-R products most relevant to NWS field offices. The network will not carry all products that are available from GOES-R. For example, GOES-R space weather products are not planned for dissemination via the SBN. Also, certain ABI imagery channels may not be included on the SBN. NOAA will be providing a broader set of GOES-R products via the GOES-R Rebroadcast (GRB) service and from its Satellite and Information Services group (i.e., NESDIS):

Policy on Access and Distribution of Environmental Satellite Data and Products

Current plans call for certain GOES-R products to be carried on the SBN, on the following channels:

GRE and GRW channel - These two channels have been established to carry GOES-R imagery products from either the East (GRE) or West (GRW) position. Eventually, it is envisioned that GOES-R and GOES-S will occupy the GOES East and GOES West positions. The SBN's GOES-R imagery suite is commonly referred to as "Sectorized Cloud and Moisture Imagery (SCMI)." This refers to sectorized ABI instrument imagery. Tests are currently underway which entail simulated GOES-R SCMI on the GRE and GRW channels. Additional details about the GOES-R SCMI appear in documents referenced in the "Further Information" section, below.

NMC/NWSTG - Various GOES-R derived products (in general, non-imagery products) will likely be added to this SBN channel. Some possible candidates include Derived Motion Winds (sometimes also referred to as Atmospheric Wind Vectors or High Density Winds), Vertical Temperature and Water Vapor Soundings (Profiles), and Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) products.

EXP - This experimental channel will send test or experimental GOES-R products. Tests are currently underway with simulated derived L2 products. As this is an experimental channel, products on this channel could be added or removed on short notice. Once the operational viability and forecaster usage patterns of these experimental products are assessed, these products will likely be migrated to another distribution channel.

Channel ID Multicast Address Port PID
GRW (GOES-R West) 12 1209 107
GRE (GOES-R East) 13 1210 108
EXP (Experimental) 11 1208 106
NMC/NWSTG 5 1201 101

SBN Channel Information for GOES-R data Products

Time Frame for Addition of GOES-R Products to SBN - It is anticipated that actual GOES-R products will be added to the SBN approximately 3-6 months after GOES-R launch. For the latest GOES-R launch schedule, please refer to the "Flyout Schedule" on the GOES-R web page (see link below).

Links to Further Information:

SCMI Document

SCMI Sample Products

GOES-R products on the SBN (vlab)


NOAAPort Bulletins

GOES-R Derived Products

Goes-R Flyout Schedule

Links to Other GOES-R Related Web Sites:


Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

Long-Term Plans and Phase-Out of Legacy Products - As the GOES-R series becomes fully operational (in a post-2016 time frame), legacy GOES products (e.g., the GINI format imagery and non-imagery point data) will gradually be phased out. The phase-out of legacy GOES products is expected to begin at some point after September 2017.




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