GOES-R Education Proving Ground

GOES-16/17 Virtual Science Fair Instructions for Teams from Grades 13-14

Our newest weather satellites, GOES-16 and GOES-17, carry the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) which measure energy in 16 different wavelengths (bands) of the electromagnetic spectrum. Previous GOES imagers only measured 5 bands, so we're pretty excited about the extra data. For this virtual science fair, college students in grades 13 & 14 are required to use visualization software to investigate a weather scenario or natural hazard using multiple ABI bands. Any and all scenario's are welcome, as long as you include a discussion of why certain bands are helpful in the scenario you are investigating. Maybe you would want to investigate landscape before, during and after a fire, or a developing winter storm, a volcano eruption, or just about any weather event. The sky's the limit! But you'll need to include some GOES-16 or GOES-17 imagery in your report. Choose your research scenario, download the data via NOAA CLASS, and analyze the data using any visualization software.

Here some free softwares opitons:

ImageJ from NIH, SERC download instructions.
McIDAS-V from UW-Madison
SIFT--Satellite Information Familiarization Tool from UW-Madison
Python notebook displaying ABI data from @blaylockbk
Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) from UNIDATA

Follow this link to a few more (free) visulaization software options to work with ABI data

Scoring Rubric for Grades 13/14

We will be accepting entries through May 3rd 2019 SUBMIT Grade 13/14 Projects HERE!

All entries from grades 13 & 14 must include:

  1. Summary: A description of the research project &/or weather scenario investigated, approximately 1 page long.
  2. Poster: Teams will create a scientific poster complete with an abstract and representative ABI imagery uploaded as a PDF or PPT slide. Tips on "how to create a scientific poster" will be available on this site in January 2019.
  3. Presentation: Provide a link to an uploaded video (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) or share a narrated Power Point in a Google folder. Students should describe the poster in the video, similar to a poster session at a professional conference, and last between 8 to 12 minutes long.  
  4. Photo: A full resolution team photo.
  5. Photo Release Forms: A single document with photo releases (Word, PDF) from all individuals who appear in photos or video.