Hydrology Training Options
Courses Available at Each Field Office
- Correspondence Course: Operations of the NWS Hydrologic Services
Program: This course was introduced in March 1997 by the Office of Hydrology. Every
WFO should have 2 copies of this course available on station. This is a 10
chapter course (with 10 corresponding tests) intended to introduce the NWS
Hydrology Program, as well as introduce some elementary hydrology concepts.
Due to the basic nature of this course, it is a good building block for other NWS
hydrology training opportunities.
- Hydrology Program Manager Course: This course provides Hydrology Program Managers with the basic
knowledge needed to effectively manage a WFO hydrology program. The course content
will be similar to the contents of this book, but will contain much more detailed
information and additional subjects. This course is designed to be a short residence
course that will include some additional and follow-up computer based training.
It incorporates elements from the former Basic Operational Hydrology (BOH) course
and the WHFS course, offered by the NWSTC.
(COMET): This is a residence course hosted by COMET
in Boulder, Colorado. This course is primarily designed for the operational
hydrologist. The goal of the course is to provide attendees with the knowledge
of how the sciences of meteorology and hydrology interact with each other, and
how this interaction relates to forecasting flood and flash flood events. The
course is taught at an upper-undergraduate level, providing case studies and
experience with current and new hydrometeorological
Computer-based Training Modules
- Hydrology/flooding education and training from COMET
- Spatial Hydrology using ARCVIEW GIS: This course is offered from the Environmental Systems Research Institute
(ESRI) Virtual Campus home page. It is a 6 module course that provides an
introduction to the synthesis of geographic information systems (GIS), and the
field of Hydrology. This synthesis between the two disciplines, is called spatial
hydrology. The goals of the course, cost, enrollment instructions, and a
description of all 6 modules, can be found on the Virtual Campus home page.