The GOES-R Post Launch Test (PLT) field campaign was a collaborative mission to validate the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instruments aboard the GOES-R, now GOES-16, satellite. GOES-R is part of NOAA’s geostationary satellite fleet, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites - R series, and provides continual observations of primarily North and South America and the Atlantic. The GOES-R PLT field campaign lasted roughly 9 weeks from March 21, 2017 to May 17, 2017, with 105.1 mission flight hours. The goal of the campaign was to provide a collection of coincident airborne, satellite, ground based, and near surface measurements of surface weather phenomena to test, validate, and improve the accuracy of GOES-R ABI and GLM measurements. The campaign was comprised of two phases: the first centered on the U.S. west coast, providing tests primarily for the ABI instrument, and the second focused on the central and eastern U.S. with tests primarily for the GLM instrument. Airborne measurements were taken using NASA’s ER-2 aircraft, equipped with spectrometer, radar, lidar, radiometer, and other atmospheric observation instruments to assist with ABI and GLM validation. The target phenomena for validation observations included land and ocean surfaces, active wildfires, and thunderstorms. This campaign provided a blueprint for the operation of future GOES validation projects. More information about the GOES-R PLT campaign can be found at the GOES-R Post Launch Test (PLT) Project Homepage.

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Padula, F., S. J. Goodman, A. Pearlman and C. Cao. 2017. GOES-R PLT Field Campaign Data Collection [indicate subset used]. Data available online [] from the NASA EOSDIS Global Hydrology Resource Center Distributed Active Archive Center, Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.A. doi:

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General Characteristics

Projects: GOES-R PLT
Platforms: NASA ER-2, Ground Stations, GOES-R, SURFRAD
Sensors/Instruments: CRS, LIP, CPL, LMA, S-HIS, AVIRIS, FEGS, GCAS, GLM, barometers, humidity sensors, pyranometers, pyrgeometers, pyrheliometers, spectrometers/radiometers, and temperature probes
Parameters: Ocean Optics, Radar, Atmospheric Electricity, Aerosols, Clouds, Lidar, Atmospheric Radiation, Platform Characteristics, Atmospheric Radiation, Infrared Wavelengths, Visible Wavelengths, Weather/Climate Advisories
Processing level: 1A, 1B, 2
Formats:  ASCII, MS Excel, netCDF-3, PNG, Binary, HDF-5


[coverage map]
Red dots or areas indicate coverage range.


Location: CONUS
Spatial resolution: point, 250 m x 250 m, 20 m, 2 km at nadir when flown at 20 km altitude, 200 m
North boundary: 49.43°
West boundary: -124.644°
East boundary: -66.174°
South boundary: 24.891°
Temporal resolution: 1 minute - < Weekly
Start date: March 1, 2017
Stop date: June 1, 2017

Member Datasets and More Information

GOES-R PLT Cloud Radar System (CRS)

GOES-R PLT Lightning Instrument Package (LIP)

GOES-R PLT Cloud Physics LiDAR (CPL)

GOES-R PLT Surface Radiance Red Lake

GOES-R PLT Surface Radiance Ivanpah

GOES-R PLT ER-2 Flight Navigation Data

GOES-R PLT Scanning High-Resolution Interferometer Sounder (S-HIS)

GOES-R PLT Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS)

GOES-R PLT Colorado Lightning Mapping Array (LMA)

GOES-R PLT Washington D.C. Lightning Mapping Array (LMA)

GOES-R PLT Kennedy Space Center Lightning Mapping Array (LMA)

GOES-R PLT North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array (LMA)

GOES-R PLT Oklahoma Lightning Mapping Array (LMA)

GOES-R PLT Southern Ontario Lightning Mapping Array (LMA)

GOES-R PLT West Texas Lightning Mapping Array (LMA)

GOES-R PLT Fly's Eye GLM Simulator (FEGS)

GOES-R PLT Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Event (GEO-CAPE) Airborne Simulator (GCAS)


PI Documentation:
IEEE IGARSS Publication: GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) calibration/validation from a field campaign perspective, Padula et al.
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