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Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training

Project Description
During the 1980s, the National Weather Service (NWS) embarked on a
major modernization program. As a key part of this effort, NWS
management emphasized strengthening the professional preparation and
current qualifications of operational meteorologists to apply
mesoscale data effectively. A second goal was to accelerate the
incorporation of research findings into operational practices.

At the request of the NWS, the UCAR Board of Trustees established the
Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and
Training (COMET) in 1989. The COMET Program was originally envisioned
as a broad effort to affect meteorology education and training in the
United States. However, the program has recently been involved in
activities to enhance meteorology education in universities and
meteorological services throughout the world. The COMET program
director is Dr. Timothy Spangler.

To meet the objective of improving mesoscale forecasting in the United
States, an Outreach Program was developed at the COMET Program. This
program currently provides financial support to universities for
collaborative research projects, graduate student fellowships,
postdoctoral fellowships, and other activities.

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