February 27, 2009 | New courses from COMET will help professionals, students, and the public learn more about drought, tropical meteorology, environmental monitoring.
In Understanding Drought, released in February, users are introduced to the definitions of drought, measures of drought severity, indicators and monitoring, impacts and predictions, and related resources. The module, which is intended for anyone who works in climate services, will prepare users for implementation of the National Integrated Drought System.
Topics in Tropical Meteorology, released in December, covers the African easterly jet, loop currents, meridional overturning circulation, ocean heat content, the Saharan air layer, and tropical upper tropospheric trough. Also released in December, GOES-R: Benefits of Next-Generation Environmental Monitoring describes NOAA’s GOES-R satellite mission, which will play a key role in weather monitoring, warning, and forecasting operations in the United States and Western Hemisphere.
In addition, a new COMET topic area, Environment and Society, showcases more than a dozen modules that explore the interface between people and the environment. Prepared for broadcasters, meteorologists, emergency managers, and students, the modules cover subjects ranging from urban flooding to watershed health to hurricane preparedness.