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New! Preparing Hydro-climate Inputs for Climate Change in Water Resource Planning is online now.

Climate Change and Water Working Group agencies (Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Geological Survey) in cooperation with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) COMET Program and the Western Water Assessment have developed a pilot training program that includes both an online course for self-paced training, and a set of subsequent residence courses where students will apply what they learned through the online training. 

We are pleased to announce the first product of this pilot effort: Preparing Hydro-climate Inputs for Climate Change in Water Resource Planning, an online course focused on the preparation of hydro-climate inputs for incorporating climate change in water resources planning.  The online course is posted at the COMET MetEd website.

Print out the Learning Objectives (pdf) or visit them online.

Who Should Take the Online Course?

Water resource practioners, planners, water resource engineers, technical specialists and others that need to conduct technical studies for assessing the impacts of climate change on water and water-related natural resources.


A short registration form is included with the online course. If you are a Department of the Interior (DOI) Employee, the following registration instructions will ensure that your training will be automatically credited to your official DOI training transcript, and will also enable DOI to meet the annual reporting requirements to the Office of Personnel Management.

DOI Employees:

  • Complete all required fields (including the "I'm over 13" checkbox.)
  • Provide your official government e-mail address.
  • Provide your first and last name as they appear on your DOI ID badge.
  • Select “Department of the Interior” as your “Primary Affiliation”.
  • Select your bureau ( e.g. FWS, NPS, Reclamation) as your “Sub-Affiliation”
  • Provide your supervisor’s email address in the space indicated
  • Check the box that says: “Yes, my progress and quiz results may be shared with my employer, organization, or institution”.  THIS IS IMPORTANT….it authorizes COMET to send your course completion verification to DOI Learn.

Cost and Availability

The online course is available to the public at no cost during the 2012-2013 pilot period. This online training course has no capacity limit.

Completing the online course is a pre-requisite for the subsequent residence courses, including the two being developed during the pilot period:

  • Climate change impacts on surface hydrology (January 15-17)
  • Climate change impacts on water demand for irrigated crops (March 5-7). 

Due to space limitations, the initial offerings of the pilot residence courses are being made available to a focus group of students.  The focus groups will include professional practitioners across the federal and nonfederal water resources community of practice. The residence courses will be held in Boulder, CO. 

We still have space in the focus group for the March 5-7 residence course. 

If you are interested in being a focus group member, please forward your contact information to Levi Brekke (lbrekke@usbr.gov).  As with the online course, there is no fee for taking the residence course during the pilot period. If you are unable or not interested in taking the initial offerings of the residence courses, you should not hesitate to take the online course.  The online course provides the student with actionable knowledge, while the residence courses offer opportunities for gaining hands-on experience in applying that knowledge.

Future Development of Training Resources

The pilot period will be used to collect student feedback and help inform future directions and support for this course, as well as subsequent courses tentatively planned. Planned future courses include assessing climate change impacts on ecosystems, landcover, water quality, sedimentation, and river hydraulics. Collectively, these courses would be designed to provide a professional development training series that would enable the student to assess climate change impacts across the spectrum of natural resources. Completing the feedback survey when you complete the course will help us shape the future scope and directions of the course offerings.

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FAQs and Contacts

For technical support for this module please visit our Registration and Support FAQs.

We welcome any comments or questions you may have regarding the content, instructional approach, or use of this module. Please e-mail your comments or questions to Matt Kelsch (kelsch@comet.ucar.edu) or Lon Goldstein (lgoldstein@comet.ucar.edu) at COMET, and to Levi Brekke at the Bureau of Reclamation (lbrekke@usbr.gov).