Training Opportunity: Online Course “GOES-16 and S-NPP/JPSS Case Exercise: Hurricane Harvey Surface Flooding”

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The COMET Program is pleased to announce the publication of the new lesson, GOES-16 and S-NPP/JPSS Case Exercise: Hurricane Harvey Surface Flooding. This 30-minute interactive lesson will review and interpret surface flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. Using data from both the GOES-16 ABI and the S-NPP VIIRS, you will become familiar with the use of satellite data as tools for analysis and short-term forecasts of surface flooding. The lesson will lead you through the interpretation of several key satellite bands and a satellite-derived flood map. Interactions will focus on local phenomena that presented diagnostic and forecasting challenges during the flood event.

The lesson is aimed at forecasters in the National Weather Service (NWS) and other weather and hydrological services internationally. The lesson is also useful to those needing near real-time flood mapping, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Researchers and university users who focus on hydrology may also find this lesson relevant.

We welcome any comments or questions about the content, instructional approach, or use of this lesson. Please e-mail them to Matt Kelsch (kelsch AT For technical support, please visit our Registration and Support FAQs.

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