The training courses here can help you acquire the tools, skills, and knowledge you need to manage your climate-related risks and opportunities. All courses are free of charge, and are offered in at least one of three formats: online audio-visual presentations ("Online, Self-Guided" and "Tool Tutorial"), training webinars ("Online, Scheduled Lecture Series"), and residence training courses ("Onsite, Instructor-Led"). Each training module is accompanied with a test to help you evaluate your knowledge. These courses feature scientific information adapted from authoritative sources, prepared by recognized subject matter experts. The courses have been pilot tested with users and other subject matter experts and may be updated periodically, as needed.

This three-day residence training course provides advanced knowledge in climate modeling, downscaling, attribution of extreme weather and water events to climate, and approaches and tools for developing local climate studies.
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Category
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Climate Products
Climate Attribution & Extreme Events
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Advanced
The Climate Learning Network's eLearning program is designed to help Extension professionals, professional crop advisors, and professional foresters incorporate climate change into their existing program areas and become climate literate. Many modules offer Continuing Education Credits from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and Certified Crop Advisors (CCA). Modules topics include basic climate science, communication, climate variability, vulnerability assessments, agricultural adaptation practices, and resilient land management.
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Category
Climate 101
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
This site offers 13 recorded presentations from the 29 July–2 August, 2013 offering of the Climate Variability and Change Virtual Course (CVCVC). This five-day live facilitated online course provided an extensive background on a range of climate variability and change topics with an emphasis on developing communication skills for challenging climate topics. The topics covered in this course, while aimed primarily at NOAA operational climate services delivery staff will also be helpful for others who already possess a basic level of understanding of climate science.
Category
Climate 101
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
This module explains how climate models work. Because the modeling of both weather and climate share some similarities, the content throughout this module compares and contrasts the two, explaining how and why climate models differ from weather models. The module discusses how models are built to simulate climate and generate the statistics that describe it, and concludes with a discussion of how models are tuned and tested.
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Category
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Climate Products
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
1:00
The module presents statistical evidence that demonstrates the impact that climate variability has on weather, explains predictability on time scales from weeks to month and seasons in the future, and the probabilistic nature of climate variability impact on daily weather predictions.
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Category
Climate Variability
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Advanced
Module time (hr:min)
0:50
This webcast provides an introduction to drought, including the measures and scales of drought and how drought is monitored. It also covers how drought is predicted, the impacts of drought, and provides information about drought-related resources. This content serves as a foundation to learning more about climate variability and operational climate services, and teaches how to use the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).
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Category
Climate 101
Climate Variability
Climate Products
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
1:15