Launch of the First Phase of the National Himawari-8 Training Campaign

Posted by Denis Margetic on January 22, 2015

The Australian VLab Centre of Excellence is announcing the launch of the first Phase of the National Himawari-8 Training Campaign in our commitment as a member of the WMO-CGMS Virtual Laboratory for Education and Training in Satellite Meteorology.

Phase I of the training campaign will be conducted during February to April 2015. The material covers the use of 10 minute rapid scan and the "Red-Green-Blue" products that combine multiple channels of data. A weekly online tutorial, hosted by BMTC trainer, Mr Bodo Zeschke will be available to assist forecasters should they have any questions regarding the material. The tutorials will be recorded so that forecasters can view the tutorial session asynchronously should they be unable to attend the live online sessions.

Phase II of training will occur during May to July 2015 and highlight the use of Rapid Scan data and RGB products through case studies. The corresponding resources may be freely accessed by all trainees. Assessment activities (available through the BMTCs Moodle platform) will also be part of this phase. The 2015 Advanced Forecaster Course "Science Week" will be an important part of the training.

Phase III will commence after the receipt of the Himawari-8 data and will include ongoing support and training to stakeholders.

It is planned that this initiative will lead to a high level of collaboration between the Australian VLab Centre of Excellence, the Satellite Champions and stakeholders within the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, our Sponsoring Satellite Operator the Japan Meteorological Agency as well as WMO RAV, RAII and other stakeholders.

The web page dedicated to the training campaign is located at:

Roger Deslandes (VLab Manager), Bodo Zeschke (VLab Point of Contact)


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