GOES ABI Manager
A program to manage GOES-ABI (Advanced Baseline Imager) data is complementary to my other satellite software such as GeoSatSignal (for multi-channel sensor combinations and projection remapping) and the MSG Animator (for simple single-channel animations). Currently the program supports GOES-16 (GOES-East) and GOES-17 (GOES-West).
As this is free software, support is via the peer support group, and not directly from me.
Getting the Data
You need to register with EUMETSAT to receive the data over EUMETCast. Use the EO Portal to register.
The data is sent on the second EUMETCast service - HVS-1. Although this
is on the same transponder as the Basic Service, it has a higher data rate and
may require a larger antenna. I have some notes on
Processing the Data - downloading the program
You need one copy of the program for each of GOES-16 and GOES-17, but both of the executable files can be in the same directory (e.g. D:\Tools\SatSignal\GOES-ABI-Manager\ but they must have different names:
Managing the processed data
So you ran out of disk? The GOES ABI Manager program
does not automatically delete the older data it produces as some of my other
software does. If you run my MSG Data
Manager software, that program can delete the .JPG image files produced by
the GOES ABI Manager if you set the program to delete older FSD (Foreign
Satellite Data) and you have used the standard directory structure
(MSG\Images\FSD\yyyy\mm\dd). Set the "FSD Retention" to the
number of days of data you want to keep. If you aren't running the MSG
Data Manager you could schedule my free TrimTree
software to tidy on a regular basis.
Using the data
A recently published paper from Tim J Schmidt describes the use of the 16 spectral band data. Here's the abstract:
Strange image - bits missing?
If you are seeing strange images around 05:00 UTC, like the one below, don't panic! It's around the local midnight time, and the scanner would see a direct view of the sun near the edge of the earth. This could damage the imager (just as your eye's retina or camera sensor could be damaged) so steps are taken to prevent this happening, while preserving as much of the rest of the image as possible.
Download & release notes
Please see the file GOES-ABI-Manager.txt in the Zip download.
Current download is V2019.04.20.39, MD5 signature: 25BFA1458CFDDA74976BD9FF7E276B3D