Developing the new Semi-Automatic Classification Plugin 7: download and processing of GOES-R images

This is a new post about the upcoming version 7 of the Semi-Automatic Classification Plugin (SCP) for QGIS.

In the new version, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) will be freely available for download and preprocessing from the Download products tool.

GOES are geostationary satellites developed for weather monitoring by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the NASA.

GOES constellation is composed of GOES-R satellite and GOES-S satellite that monitor continuously the same area, a very large portion of Earth surface with three geographic coverage regions: Full Disk, Continental United States (CONUS), and Mesoscale. In particular, Full Disk products have hemispheric coverage of 83° local zenith angle, and images are acquired every 5-15 minutes. GOES-16 monitors from 75.2 degrees west longitude, including America, the Atlantic Ocean, and the west coast of Africa. GOES-17 monitors from 137.2 degrees west longitude, including the Pacific Ocean.

A GOES-17 image (courtesy of NOAA)

GOES images are multi band rasters acquired every 10 minutes and have a spatial resolution from 0.5km to 2km, therefore these products are very useful for monitoring extreme events and large wild fires.
GOES products are downloaded through Amazon AWS Open Data (

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