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This page will provide an overview of the new GOES16 (formerly GOES-R) satellite. 

Details for RAL Scientists and Engineers


From SSEC @ Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin SSEC ingests the GRB directly (in addition to receiving data via Noaaport and through other sources.)

We have an ABI monitor page that indicates the data quality/status as it is being ingested from the GRB.

 This page may be useful when you are trying to determine if the dropouts are:

  • local to your system
  • present in the data before it goes into NOAAport

The page shows data status and quality from the SSEC Direct Broadcast GRB ingest.   It also shows the status and quality from data at the PDA  (Production Distribution and Access) …. See     (I believe this is the source of the data that goes into NOAAport.)

 The data quality colors in the SSEC monitor page indicate the percentage of data received for an individual image vs what is expected (click the “I” icon for a legend).   Note, there could be a green box even though an image is missing data.   That just means that the image missing the data was transmitted over the GRB that way, and it is reflected in the L1b metadata.

 The lower section that shows (DB:SSEC)-(PDA) is a comparison between what SSEC received via Direct broadcast and what PDA received.  Note, you can drill down into each section and look at individual bands, or image comparisons.   The data quality history goes back to late December.

 You will note that the SSEC data quality has few dropouts that aren’t also present at the PDA, this is because SSEC and Unidata are experimenting with combining their GRB feeds to reduce errors.


Web Links

These are  for general information about GOES-16. There are weblinks that are more specific to Science or Engineering in the child pages linked at the top of this page.

 Click here to read some highlights from the wikipedia article...

GOES-16 has several improvements over the old GOES system. Its advanced instruments and data processing provides:

The GOES-16 instrument suite includes three types of instruments: Earth sensing, solar imaging, and space environment measuring.

Earth facing

Two instruments point toward Earth:

Advanced Baseline Imager

The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), is the primary instrument on GOES-16 for imaging Earth’s weather, climate and environment. ABI will be able to view the Earth across 16 spectral bands, including two visible channels, four near-infrared channels and ten infrared channels.

Geostationary Lightning Mapper

The GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) will take continuous day and night measurements of the frequent intra-cloud lightning that accompanies many severe storms, and will do so even when the high-level cirrus clouds atop mature thunderstorms may obscure the underlying convection from the imager.

The GLM consists of a telescopic CCD camera sensitive to 777.4 nm light. It has a spatial resolution of 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) (at nadir) to 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) (at edge of field of view) and captures 500 frames per second. The CCD's pixel pitch varies across its area.




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