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Hydrology Training Resources

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Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training (Comet)

COMET logo The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training supports, enhances, and stimulates the communication and application of scientific knowledge of the atmospheric and related sciences for the operational and educational communities. COMET’s Web-based self-paced training materials serve earth science education and training needs by providing interactive experiences for learners at a distance. Experts at both the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) have contributed to many of these lessons.

Atmospheric Rivers

Satellite Feature Identification: Atmospheric Rivers

Satellite Feature Identification: Atmospheric Rivers:  Presents the global moisture transport phenomenon known as the Atmospheric River (AR). ARs are responsible for transporting the majority of maritime moisture from low to middle latitudes.

NASA’s Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT)

VISIT logoNASA’s Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT) provides training about specific products, discussing the strengths and weaknesses, with the goal of successfully transitioning products to operations. This training is built from surveys and direct communication with our partners. With this paradigm, the forecasters are an integral component of the transition process and not a passive recipient of data. SPoRT Product Training Modules include: Pseudo Geostationary Lightning Mapper, Lightning Mapping Array, MODIS Fog Products, GOES Fog Depth, and more.

CIRA Blended TPW and Anomaly Products

CIRA Blended TPW and Anomaly Products

CIRA Blended TPW and Anomaly Products: This 30 minute module presents the CIRA Blended Total Precipitable Water (TPW) and associated TPW Anomaly products.

Link to CIRA Blended TPW and Anomaly Products

NESDIS GOES-R QPE

NESDIS GOES-R QPE: This short reference guide describes the NESDIS GOES-R Quantitative Precipitation Estimation product suite in the context of operations. GOES-R QPE uses both IR and microwave data to retrieve rainfall rates in both the GOES-East and GOES-West domains, and the mechanics of this algorithm are briefly described. The rainrate and accumulation products are shown in a number of operationally-based examples, demonstrating the uses of GOES-R QPE in different regions and environments.

Virtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training (VISIT)

VISIT logoVirtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training (VISIT) is a joint effort involving NOAA Cooperative Institutes, the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS), and the National Weather Service (NWS). The primary mission of VISIT is to accelerate the transfer of research results based on atmospheric remote sensing data into NWS operations using distance education techniques. Training sessions include topics on Satellite Meteorology, Severe Weather, Climate, Numerical Weather Prediction, and more. Many of these modules were developed in collaboration with the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). VISIT also provides monthly Satellite Chats to demonstrate satellite products that can be applied to operational forecasting and identify new training topics based on specific participant needs. See the VISIT Training Calendar for upcoming VISIT Satellite Chats.

A selection of VISIT training sessions specific to GOES is listed below:

Ensemble Tropical Rainfall Potential (eTRaP)

Ensemble Tropical Rainfall Potential (eTRaP): Provides a basic understanding of the eTRaP product, which is used for rainfall prediction of landfalling tropical cyclones. The lesson covers the assumptions that go into creating the product, an understanding of these assumptions is crucial to interpretation of the product.

GOES-R Atmospheric Rivers

GOES-R Atmospheric Rivers: This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and the primary learning objective is to learn how to make optimal use of GOES-R imagery and products in identification and tracking of atmospheric rivers.

GOES-R Baseline Product: Rainfall Rate

GOES-R Baseline Product: Rainfall Rate:: This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and covers the GOES-R series rainfall rate product.

GOES-R Baseline Product: Legacy Atmospheric Profiles

GOES-R Baseline Product: Legacy Atmospheric Profiles: This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and covers the legacy atmospheric profiles that are produced from the GOES-R series ABI. These vertical profiles are meant to supplant the GOES sounder DPI products.

GOES-R TROWAL Formation

GOES-R TROWAL Formation:  This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and describes the TROWAL phenomenon and suggests methods of identifying TROWALS in water vapor imagery.