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Training Course on Climate, Drought, and Remote Sensing

On June 17-18, 2009, DWR hosted a training course on climate, drought, and remote sensing for water agencies, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey. NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System program and National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Services D ivision sponsored the training as part of pilot efforts to tailor existing NWS climate training services to the information needs of users of NOAA climate products.

The goal of the training was to elevate participants' level of understanding of drought, climate variability and change, modeling, and remote sensing, with special emphasis given to impacts on hydrologic variables and water resources. The training focused on the following areas:

  1. The difference between climate and weather
  2. Remote sensing and modeling of drought-relevant variables such as snow pack, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, and vegetation
  3. An overview of current and planned satellite missions, their products, and how to access them
  4. Dynamics, physical mechanisms, and impacts of climate variability phenomena including Madden-Julian Oscillation, El Ni�o / La Ni�a, tropical forcing, and teleconnections
  5. Performance of climate forecasting products, limitations, and resources supplementing the forecasts
  6. Climate change modeling and downscaling tools, including known limitations

The agenda for the class is provided below. Clicking on each link will take you to a split-screen view with a video of the instructor on the left and the accompanying slide presentation on the right.

Recording the material to make it available for web viewing was a pilot effort of DWR in the use of the equipment involved. Although the material has been enhanced for web viewing and to minimize equipment glitches that occurred, the recording was performed in a classroom setting that cannot duplicate the acoustic performance of a studio environment. Viewers should expect some static and low audio when presenters moved away from the microphone.

June 17-18, 2009, Sacramento, CA

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Jeanine Jones, CA Department of Water Resources, Marina Timofeyava, NOAA NWS, and James Verdin, NIDIS, "Welcome and Introductions"

Mike Staudenmaier, NOAA NWS, "Review of Climate Physics"

James Verdin, NIDIS, "Review of the Physics of Remote Sensing"

Kelly Redmond, WRCC, "Drought Science"

James Verdin, NIDIS, "Review of Satellite Remote Sensing Missions"

Don Cline, NWS/NOHRSC, "National Snow Analyses"

John D. Bolten, NASA, "Soil Moisture and Land Data Assimilation Systems"

Byron Clark, SEBAL North America, Davis, CA, "Evaporation Estimates Using Remotely Sensed Land Surface Temperature"

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Kelly Redmond, WRCC, "Review of Climate Variability Phenomena"

Jon Gottschalck, NOAA NWS, "Sub-seasonal Tropical-Extratropical Variability: Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO)"

Marina Timofeyeva, NOAA NWS, "Climate Forecast Skill, Limitations"

Kelly Redmond, WRCC, "NWS Resources to supplement the forecast information"

Kevin Werner, NOAA NWS, "Hydrology and Climate Interaction"

Phil Duffy, Climate Central, "General Circulation Modeling"

Mike Dettinger, USGS, "Downscaling to Local Climate"

Rob Hartman, NOAA CNRFC, "Discussion"