July 2011


In June 2011 SSEC and CIMSS continued their close collaboration with the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) when three SSEC scientists traveled to Beijing to conduct a McIDAS-V workshop at the CMA Training Centre, the Beijing Component of the WMO Regional Training Centre in China, and when four delegates from CMA traveled to Madison to view presentations by scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

On 7-11 June 2011, Becky Schaffer, Jay Heinzelman, and Joleen Feltz conducted a 5-day "International Training Course on McIDAS-V," instructing participants on the use of this visualization and analysis tool for both research and operational users of observational, model, and satellite data. 

Attendees included 13 international participants from Cayman Islands, Egypt, Hong Kong, Mexico, Niger, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Rwanda, Thailand, Trinidad, Venezuela, and Yemen, as well as 40 participants from CMA.

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"International Training Course on McIDAS-V, Software Application in Satellite Meteorology" participants -- China Meteorological Administration Training Centre (CMATC)
WMO Regional Training Centre, Beijing

On 16-17 June 2011, four delegates from the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) visited the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS). The delegates were Yan Guanghua, Liu Lihong, Zhang Yong, and Xiao Ziniu (Deputy Director General of CMA Training Center).

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Maria Vasys, Patrick Rowley, and Jerry Robaidek (center, left to right) show visiting CMA scientists
the satellite dish array and the magnificent views from the roof.

Topics focused on training and applications in satellite meteorology, with presentations by several CIMSS/SSEC and Advanced Satellite Products Branch (ASPB) staff. Also, several tours and demonstrations were included, including demonstrations of the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) and a web mapping service (WMS) application.

submitted by Becky Schaffer

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