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Course Description

Course: HYD04 - WFO Hydrology Program Management

Type of Course: Hybrid: Residence (3.5 days) and Web-Based

(Additional information will be provided to participants in an electronic welcome packet about one month prior to the course)

Audience: Service Hydrologists and WFO Hydrology Focal Points.

Course Description: This course covers the basic requirements for the management of a WFO hydrology program.  Lessons address policy guidance, local training, the duties of a Service Hydrologist and a Hydrology Focal Point, data collection, quality control, hydrologic networks, establishing forecast points.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Coordinate with weather service and external personnel.
  2. Maintain data and a quality data base.
  3. Train hydrologic concepts and policies.
  4. Define and maintain hydrometeorological network.
  5. Provide operational support of hydrometeorological models.
  6. Provide assessment of hydrologic forecasts
  7. Provide daily operational hydrologic support for the WFO.
  8. Provide design needs and implementation of local networks.
  9. Provide capability to assess hydrology program needs to a WFO.

Course Content: This course covers a spectrum of topics dealing with the management of a WFO hydrology program. Lessons address policy guidance, local training, the duties of a Service Hydrologist and a Hydrology Focal Point, data collection, quality control, hydrologic networks, establishing forecast points.

Pre-Requisites:

  • Complete the online Hydrology Program Managers course. (Register and complete the assessment in the Commerce Learning Center LMS.)
  • Review the Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Service, Service Hydrologist home page.
  • Review the regional and serving RFC home pages.
  • Complete the WHFS Workshop or have a working knowledge of WHFS.
  • Review the Introduction to SHEF (Standard Hydrometeorological Exchange Format) course.
  • ACE Accreditation: The American Council on Education has not reviewed this course and no credit recommendation is currently in place.

    Additional information will be provided to participants in an electronic Welcome Packet about 1 month prior to the course.

    Contact(s):

    • Teresa Murphy
      816-994-3022


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