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On occasion, the Pulse will be featuring special program highlights written by UCP directors. This month’s highlight is written by Dr. Rich Jeffries, COMET Director.

This year mark’s COMET’s twenty fifth in the role of bringing excellence in operationally relevant education and training in the geosciences. Although much has changed in the way we accomplish our work and the topics we cover, we still maintain our basic values of providing engaging and effective quality products to the world.

Many of the same faces that came to work at COMET in the early years still walk the halls, thriving on the variety of projects and interesting challenges that come with continuing to innovate and expand our reach through our training.

COMET was created as a cooperative program to help train the operational forecasting community in mesoscale meteorology so that the National Weather Service could utilize the new technology being deployed throughout the country, including Doppler radar. Our early training captured a wide variety of topics relating to this mission. More recently, we have continued to expand and have added a Geospatial section to our MetEd website with ten lessons on a variety of topics.

As delivery methods of online content have expanded, we have adapted to support them. Most recently, our lesson viewer has been refined so that our modules can now be played on mobile devices, including smart-phones and tablets. This new capability now allows people to train truly anytime/anywhere.

COMET is also expanding our involvement in the international community. Over the past three years, we have doubled the amount of international work we are doing with the World Meteorology Organization (WMO), Environment Canada, the U.S. National Weather Service International Affairs, the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia, and the European Meteorological Satellite Program; and soon we will be working with Mexico on the modernization of the Mexico Weather Service. In early June, I will travel to Geneva for the 17th WMO Congress with Tom Bogdan and Scott Rayder. WMO will be authorizing over $276 million in new work for the next four years, and COMET/UCAR will build new partnerships to join in new projects over the next four years.

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A major focus for UCP is making sure the science from NCAR and UCAR institutions is translated in novel ways to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.

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