New from COMET: Satellite resources, aviation forecasts, climatology
Below are details of four new online publications available from UOP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.
Environmental Satellite Resource Center (ESRC)
The COMET program, in association with the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System’s Integrated Program Office and NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, & Information Service, has created a new Web-based search tool for finding useful satellite resources. This community-driven website provides access to information on satellite systems and applications, data products, cases and examples, and education and training materials about low-Earth-orbiting and geostationary environmental satellites.
Writing TAFs for Winds and Low-Level Wind Shear
This module is the third unit in the Distance Learning Aviation Course 2 series on producing TAFs (Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts) that meet the needs of the aviation community. In addition to providing information about tools for diagnosing wind and wind impacts, the module extends the Practically Perfect TAF process to address airport-specific criteria. By understanding the criteria at airports for which they produce TAFs, forecasters will be better able to produce a Practically Perfect Site-Specific TAF.
Introduction to Climatology
This module provides an overview of climatology, beginning by examining the drivers that combine to create the climate regions of the world—from those at the mesoscale (local) level to those at the synoptic-scale (continental) and global-scale levels. Examples include locally dominant winds, air masses, fronts, ocean currents, Earth's rotation around the Sun, and latitude.
Introduction to Statistics for Climatology
The effective use of climate data and products requires an understanding of what the statistical parameters mean and which parameters best summarize the data for particular climate variables. This module addresses both concerns, focusing on the statistical parameters (defining what they mean and how they are calculated, using climate data as examples), and weather and climate variables (identifying the statistical parameters that best represent each one). The module concludes with a discussion of data quality and its impact on weather and climate products.
Contact: Hildy Kane, UOP/COMET, 303-497-8470
COMET MetEd site