METR 415/715:
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Ocean

Course Schedule and Assignments for Monteverdi Portion of Course

Prof. John Monteverdi
Dept. of Geosciences
SFSU, Spring 2011


C=Conway, Erik D.,   1997: An Introduction to Satellite Image Interpretation.  John Hopkins University Press, ISBN-10: 0801855772, 264 pp. (paperback)

 D&Z=Doviak, Richard J. and Dusan S. Zrnic, 1993: Doppler Radar & Weather Observations (paperback), Dover Publications. ISBN-10: 0486450600, 592 pp.

K&VH=Kidder, S. Q. and Vonder Haar, T. H., 1995: Satellite Meteorology: An Introduction. Academic Press, Inc., 466 pp.

P=Parke, P. (ed), 1993: Satellite Imagery Interpretation for Forecasters (2nd printing), ISBN 1-883563-04-6, Natl Wea Assoc Monograph 2-86, compiled and edited by Peter S. Parke. A replica of the NOAA/National Weather Service Forecasting Handbook, Vol 1.  (Provided as Handouts, as Needed)

Monteverdi Portion Learning Objectives  --  Common Active and Passive Remote Sensing Instruments in Meteorology and Oceanography

1.    Satellite (Passive Remote Sensing--device senses signal emitted by the earth-atmosphere system)

a.    To learn the characteristics of weather satellites currently in orbit (centering on the GOES (geostationary) and NOAA (polar orbiting) platforms

b.    To learn the types of weather images obtained from these satellites

c.    To learn how to interpret satellite images

d.    To learn where to find these images on the web

2.    Radar (Active Remote Sensing--device emits/transmits own signal and intercepts return signal)

a.    To learn how radar works

b.    To learn about Doppler radar

c.    To learn the standard NEXRAD products in the USA

d.    To relate radar reflectivity to precipitation intensity, and understand pitfalls

e.    To learn about polarmeteric, bistatic, and phased-array radars

f.     To learn how to get radar imagery from the web

g.    To learn how to use platform-independent software to analyze and interpret radar imagery

Note: All assignments are need to be turned in by due date/time to get full credit. Those that are late, but are turned in the same day, but before answer keys are posted will have 20% deducted, after answer key is posted 50% deducted. All work turned in late after the due date will have 60% deducted before answer key is posted, and 80% deducted if the answer key is posted. No work accepted (0 points credit) if the work is not turned in in one week.


Weather, Climate and Ocean Data Visualization

Weather and Climate Toolkit




Laboratory Exercises and Homeworks

Inclass Exercises

  • Inclass Exercise 1 (Learning Objectives 1d)
    • Satellite Archives (Avg. 69; High 100; Low 30) and Key
  • Inclass Exercise 2 (Learning Objective 1d)


  • Quiz 1 and Key (Avg. 169.2; High 191; Low 128)
  • Quiz 2 and Key (Avg. 120.5.; High 142; Low 99)
  • Quiz 3 and Key (Avg.117.2 ; High 140; Low 54)


Level III Data: Class Case (May 22, 2004: SPC Log and photo)

Level III Product Codes

The data files are archived for the Hastings (KUEX) and Omaha (KOAX) WSR-88D are here

  • May 22, 2004 (KOAX): 7000KOAX20040522
  • May 22, 2004 (KUEX): 7000KUEX20040522
  • May 23, 2004 (KUEX): 7000KUEX20040523



JPM's Class Sections: Mar 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23; Apr 4, 6, 11, 13, 18. 20, 25, 27
Oz's Class Sections: Jan 24, 26, 31; Feb 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28; May 2, 4, 9, 11

Week of Tentative Event/Assignment Week
Meeting 14 May 2
Meeting 13 April 27
Meeting 12 April 25
Meeting 11 April 20

Meeting 10

April 18
Meeting 9

Weather Radar

April 13
Meeting 8 April 11
Meeting 7 April 6
Meeting 6 April 4
Meeting 5 March 23
Meeting 5 March 21
Meeting 4 March 16
Meeting 3 March 14
Meeting 2 March 9
Meeting 1 of JPM's Portion March 7