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Hybrid WN@tL: “Wisconsin’s Role in Earth Imaging from Geostationary Orbit, 1966-2022”

June 29, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Speakers: Tim Schmit and Jean Phillips; NOAA and CIMSS

Description: Phillips and Schmit will share the story of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s leading role in imaging Earth from geostationary orbit, past, and present. The Spin-Scan Cloud Camera, invented at UW and carried on NASA satellites in the 1960s, pioneered continuous viewing of weather from space. Those technologies were further refined to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, including the most recent satellite in the series, GOES-18, with its high-resolution imaging capabilities. Advancements in data and imagery collection from today’s weather satellites are resulting in better forecasts and warnings to the public, saving countless lives. Better data, better forecasts, and better warnings to the public are saving lives.

Bio: Tim Schmit: Tim Schmit works at the Advanced Satellite Products Branch (ASPB) within NOAA’s NESDIS Center of Satellite Applications and Research located in Madison, Wisconsin. Tim had a lead role in the band selection for the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on GOES-R and has played a key science role during the on-orbit check-outs of GOES-8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and now 18. Tim has published over 100 journal articles, and several book chapters, and co-edited a book, all associated with some aspect of GOES. Tim received his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Jean Phillips: As librarian, historian, and communicator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center, Phillips has led the development of collections and services to support research and education in the field of satellite meteorology — past and present. She is a past chair of the American Meteorological Society’s History Committee and co-authored a biography of Verner Suomi who is widely known as the ‘father of satellite meteorology.’ She earned her master’s degree from UW-Madison.

Explore More:  http://www.ssec.wisc.edu




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June 29, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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