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
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 Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) is a technical tool that can be very powerful if used appropriately. Appropriate and inappropriate applications of LCAT are essential knowledge for all LCAT users. This training module introduces opportunities for correct LCAT applications and warns of erroneous ones. This module may require the download of additional plug-ins before viewing.
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Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:27
This training module instructs on the use of the Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) for climate-sensitive decision-support services. The module demonstrates LCAT applications in studying drought, extreme heat, and winter temperature and precipitation relationships to El Niño-Southern Oscillation events. This module may require the download of additional plug-ins before viewing.
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Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:15
The Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) uses time-series analysis, trend-fitting techniques, and assesses the rate of change in local climate variables. Part 1 introduces the LCAT methods of trend-fitting techniques and explains their strengths and limitations in applications for various climate variables.
Screenshot of the LCAT: Methods for Climate Change Impacts, Part 1 course landing page
Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:20
The Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) uses time-series analysis, trend-fitting techniques, and assesses the rate of change in local climate variables. Part 2 explains how the trend ensemble and rate of local change are computed.
Screenshot of the LCAT: Methods for Climate Change Impacts, Part 2 course landing page
Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:14
The Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) uses composite analysis to identify relationships between local climate variables and climate variability signals. Part 1 introduces the methods and explains its strengths and limitations in applications for various climate variables.
Screenshot of the LCAT: Methods for Climate Variability Impacts, Part 1 course landing page
Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:29
The Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) uses composite analysis to identify relationships between local climate variables and climate variability signals. Part 2 explains how to adjust to the existing trend in the data.
Screenshot of the LCAT: Methods for Climate Variability Impacts, Part 2 course landing page
Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:19
This module provides an introduction to the Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT), its purpose, main functions, and navigation options. LCAT allows climate variability and change analysis of local variables such as temperature, precipitation, degree days, drought, and others.
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Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:17
This module reviews the source data of climate variability indices, such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the North Atlantic Oscillation, and others.
Screenshot of the LCAT: Climate Variability Data course landing page
Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:10
This module reviews the sources for the Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) regional climate data, and discusses their quality and format—including forecast regions and climate divisions.
Screenshot of the LCAT: Regional Data course landing page
Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:14
This module reviews the sources for the Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) station climate data, and discusses their quality and format.
Screenshot of the LCAT: Station Data course landing page
Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:16
This module contains five activities designed for students in grades 5 to 8 to help them understand sea level using real data. Teachers can use any of the five modules developed to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale.
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Category
Climate 101
Climate Products
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
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