Virtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training

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The VISIT Program

VISIT People


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GOES East Satellite Imagery

GOES West Satellite Imagery


Integrated Sensor Training

Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere

Warning Decision Training Branch

National Weather Service Training Center

Last Updated by:
Scott Bachmeier

    (1) Introduction

      This basic-level VISIT teletraining lesson will review remote sensing aspects of the "water vapor" channel, highlight changes made to the water vapor channel on the GOES-12 and GOES-13 imager, and discuss basic applications of water vapor channel imagery to weather analysis and forecasting. (lesson created October 2003; updated February 2007)

    (2) Teletraining file installation instructions

    (3) Training session options:

      (A) Interactive VISITview teletraining session. (To be used with a VISIT instructor leading the session). Click here to signup for teletraining. The session will last about 75 minutes. This teletraining session uses the Java-based VISITview software, where a Windows PC (with 128 MB RAM or greater) with an Internet connection is needed.

      (B) Web-based training lesson - a "stand-alone" version viewed via a Web browser ("Instructor Notes" will be included on each HTML page). This lesson version may be viewed at any time. These slides are ideal for printing from a Web browser.

      (C) Web-browser VISITview lesson - another "stand-alone" version, which uses the VISITview software within a Web browser. This version retains all the functionality of VISITview which you see in a "live" teletraining session (drawing, text annotation, etc), and can be viewed at any time. The Instructor Notes are not included in this lesson version, but can be viewed in a separate Web browser (or printed out beforehand).

      (D) Local VISITview lesson - This is the same version of the lesson used in a "live" VISITview teletraining session, but no connection is made to an external VISITview server. You download the lesson file and go through the lesson on your own in "local mode" using the visitlocal.bat file. Instructor Notes are not included in this lesson version, but can be viewed in a separate Web browser ( or printed out beforehand).

      E.) Audio playback - An updated VISITview and/or Articulate Presenter lesson file can be found on the SHyMet site, which contains recorded audio and instructor annotations and can be viewed at any time. For detailed information on how to view the recorded VISITview lesson click here.

      You may either request a DVD (with all VISIT lesson audio playback files) -OR- access the VISITview or Articulate Presenter audio playback file from the SHyMET site:

      For the VISITview file, after extracting the files into that directory, use the "visitauto.bat" file to start the lesson (Windows users), or use the command "sh" (MacOS X or Unix users).

    (4) References/Additional Web Sites

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