With the available training material, one can begin to get a more complete understanding the complex hydrometeorological process of the hydrologic cycle, including both flood and drought events. Starting with the precipitation, online training is offered in Quantitative Precipitation Estimation, or QPE, and some of the common tools used; rain gauges, radar, satellite, and precipitation climatology. Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts (QPF) and its verification is the topic of both online and virtual classroom activities. For periods that lack precipitation, online and virtual training covers the forecast and analysis of drought conditions.
COMET training material in hydrology covers the physical processes once precipitation occurs and there is a hydrologic response on the surface and in the stream channels. An online course in Basic Hydrologic Sciences covers runoff processes, streamflow routing, flood frequency analyses, and regional topics like snowmelt and river ice. Other online training modules address hydrologic ensemble forecasts, distributed hydrologic modeling, dam failures, and hydrologic forecast verification. Additional publications explore social science issues associated with flash floods, and a virtual field trip through a flash flood site.
The training is available in both English and Spanish and is suitable for professionals and students in the earth sciences. Some of the hydrology training is appropriate for the high school level, and the Watershed module was developed specifically for the broadcasting community. With the variety of training platforms in numerous hydrometeorological topics, COMET offers a comprehensive scientific examination of hydrology and hydrometeorology.
This paper was funded by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research under the cooperative agreement award #NA06NWS4670013 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or any of its sub-agencies.