Training Campaign Phase 2: Introduction, Resources and Case Studies

Introduction and Instructions

This Phase 2 of the Campaign will involve:

  • Easily accessible and user-friendly resources for Stakeholder familiarisation with the new data from Himawari-8.
  • New resources, including Himawari-8 case studies and an introduction to Derived Products.
  • A Blog page for ongoing discussion of case studies pertaining to Himawari-8 data. Links to Blog resources from other organisations..
  • Weekly tutorial sessions to consolidate the learning.
  • Assessment resources on the BMTC Moodle web page.

How Forecasters can use the new Himawari-8 data effectively

Click on the links below to see how Forecasters can use the new Himawari-8 data effectively for the nowcasting and forecasting of the respective meteorological phenomena. Note that this is an evolving resource and your feedback and additional material is welcome.

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A very useful and relevant COMET resource "GOES-R ABI applications" with a number of online recordings is given here


Red-Green-Blue (RGB) Product reference information.

In response to the stakeholder feedback during Phase 1 of the Campaign, below are easy-to-use resources pertaining to the RGB products. These .pdf files include:

  • How the RGB products are constructed
  • Uses and limitations of the products.
  • EUMETSAT ePort exercises for you to try in order to gain familiarisation with the products.
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A very useful and relevant Himawari-8 RGB Composite Imagery resource from the Japan Meteorological Agency is given here

Useful additional Himawari-8 channels

Exploring the new channels of Himawari-8, especially the visible, near-infrared, shortwave-infrared and water vapour channels (9Mb)

Derived Products

Introduction to Derived Products (8Mb)

Himawari-8 GEOCAT Fog/Low Stratus (FLS) Product

Convective Initiation / Overshooting Top Detection Algorithms (from EUMETSAT-CHMI Course, November 2015)

Automated Overshooting Cloud Top Detection: Existing Methods and Product Applications (K.Bedka)  (12Mb)

Overshooting Tops in MSG 2.5-minute Rapid Scan Data (M.Radova et al.) (2Mb)

Benefits of RSS data in the Convective Initiation calculation (M.Putsay and Zsofia Kocsis) (5Mb)

Case Studies

(to be added at a future date)