NASA Participates in NOAA Risk Reduction Summit

On February 24th – 28th the NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) hosted the first JPSS / GOES-R Proving Ground / Risk Reduction Summit in College Park, Maryland. Research Scientist Kristopher Bedka participated in the meeting on behalf of the NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program, serving as a panelist for the Severe Weather Panel and presenting a talk entitled “Analysis and Detection of Hazardous Thunderstorms Through Remote Sensing Data Fusion”.

Kristopher Bedka gives a presentation during the Severe Weather panel at the JPSS / GOES-R Proving Ground / Risk Reduction Summit. Credit: NASA

Kristopher Bedka gives a presentation during the Severe Weather panel at the JPSS / GOES-R Proving Ground / Risk Reduction Summit. Credit: NASA

The meeting focused on delivering user-inspired science to maximize the utility of National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) operational and research products. Each meeting day featured individual sessions on various proving ground initiatives that use both GOES-R and JPSS data. The sessions offered opportunities for algorithm developers and users to share their perspectives on the current status and future needs within each product group. Learn more about the summit here: https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/star/meeting_2020JPSSGOES.php

During the Severe Weather Panel Kristopher described previous and current research that NASA and partners have conducted on severe storms. He described how automated storm updraft detection and remote sensing data fusion can be useful for severe weather and aviation analysis, work which has been supported by NASA, NOAA, and other agencies and industry for over 10 years. He also discussed his NASA Disasters Program-funded A.37 research project “Using Space-Borne Remote Sensing to Assess Hail Storm Risk” which describes how these detections are being used for climatological storm analyses and risk assessment.

Kristopher’s work was also recently featured in a NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) training module as part of the the Virtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training (VISIT) program, which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxzARPsW9jM