COMET makes forecast training available to all

This new column will spotlight Web sites of interest to researchers and educators in the atmospheric and related sciences.

For more than a decade, the UCAR Office of Programs has helped educate and train meteorologists through its Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET®). Through the program’s MetEd Web site, a growing set of materials now brings to the Internet the expertise honed through years of providing residence and distance learning programs. Topics range from the relatively specialized—the life cycle of the Madden-Julian oscillation, for instance, or how to interpret the new Global Forecast System model products—to such keystones of a basic meteorological education as isentropic analysis. Users can subscribe to an e-mail list to be notified when a new module comes online.

This 90-minute COMET module includes an operational case study. (© The COMET Program.)

Also, a growing library of graphics is now available on the Web through COMET’s Hydrometeorological Multimedia Database.

A simple search produces thumbnail images, with larger-format imagery available in Zip (PC) and gzip (Unix) formats. The collection includes static images, animations, and video and audio clips recorded by a variety of experts. It will ultimately hold over 10,000 items.


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