85th AMS Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 11 January 2005: 11:15 AM
Space Weather Training at COMET
Dolores Kiessling, UCAR/COMET, Boulder, CO
Poster PDF (88.6 kB)
The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET®), and the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s (NCAR) High Altitude Observatory (HAO) have teamed up to develop a Web-based learning module called Physics of the Aurora: Earth Systems. This module introduces undergraduate science students to the physics of the sun-earth system with an emphasis on the earth but touches on space weather and related prominent effects on human activities.

While COMET’s main focus is on terrestrial weather in support of forecasters, civilian and military, the topic of space weather is a new content area. The two primary audiences for this module are undergraduate science students, and professors who teach space weather-related classes (astronomy, physics, meteorology, etc.).

The uniqueness of this module lies in the three levels of learning - overview, details, and in-depth topics. This structure supports multiple uses of the material such as in-class lecture support, out of class assignments and survey course use. Tailoring the module for these purposes proved to be challenging to textually and visually explain complex and theoretical systems in a condensed format.

Future plans include COMET working with NOAA’s Space Environment Center and National Weather Service (NWS) to create specific space weather training for NWS forecasters.

Supplementary URL: http://meted.ucar.edu