6th GOES Users' Conference
50th Anniversary Meteorological Satellite Experiment Symposium
Monona Terrace Convention Center — Madison, WI

The Events

50th Anniversary Meteorological Satellite Experiment Symposium
2 November 2009
(by invitation)

The 50 year anniversary of the first successful meteorological satellite experiment (on Explorer VII) will be commemorated on Monday, November 2nd (2009). The program will begin at 5pm and will consist of presentations, followed by a reception at the Monona Terrace. The experiment, flown on Explorer VII, measured the radiative energy balance of Earth. The architects of the radiometer were the University of Wisconsin's V. Suomi and R. Parent.

Invited speakers, representing the University of Wisconsin, NASA, NOAA, the WMO, the AMS and Suomi students, will reflect and provide perspective on the event's key players and its historical significance.

Photos of the symposium

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NOAA 6th GOES Users' Conference (GUC)
3-5 November 2009

Photos of the GOES Users' Conference

The 6th GOES Users' Conference will again consist of an overview of the current, near-term and future GOES systems, along with break-out sessions to inter-act with a host of data producers and users. GOES-R, slated to be launched in FY2015, will provide critical atmospheric, oceanic, climatic, solar, and space data. These new satellites will provide the user community (television and NWS meteorologists, private weather companies, aviation and agriculture communities, and national and international government agencies) with significantly more data, containing noteworthy improvements in temporal and spatial resolutions over data currently provided. Abstracts and corresponding posters are solicited for this conference on both current and future GOES data, products and applications. Information on past conferences.

Both events will take place at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

The presentations from the 6th GOES User's Conference are now posted in the agenda.


On Monday afternoon (02 Nov 2009), there will be tours at the UW Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences (AOSS) Building (1225 W. Dayton Street) for those who have expressed interest. The building tour will include the CIMSS weather analysis and visualization room, SSEC instrument engineering facilities, the SSEC Data Center, SSEC Antarctic weather research, and a roof top view of the surrounding city and countryside, with a close look at those antennas that dot the Madison skyline! Tours (in a few groups) will start nominally at 01:00, 02:00 and 03:00 PM from the AOSS lobby (with the last groups finishing by 04:00 PM).
SSEC will be offering some transportation between the AOSS building and the hotels/Monona Terrace (~1.5 mi) for those who have no other arrangements.


Parking is limited. Most Madison hotels provide free shuttles between the Dane County Airport.

Additional Dining and Shopping

Memorial Union and the world-famous Union Terrace provide many social and dining opportunities.
State Street, a mile-long pedestrian mall located between the Capital and the University, is great for shopping and offers cuisine from around the world.

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