University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, NOAA National Weather Service
The COMET program was created in 1989 by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service to enhance weather forecaster’s understanding of mesoscale meteorology and forecasting technology. Since its inception the program’s mission has broadened; COMET now seeks to educate it’s users about emerging topics of concern and new technologies related to geological, environmental, and atmospheric sciences. To accomplish this end COMET program offers free, online, interactive training courses and distance learning classes.
In 2012 the COMET program released an online training called, Rip Currents: Nearshore Fundamentals. This course describes the basics of wave dynamics, nearshore circulation, rip current formation, and variables that can amplify or lessen the severity of rip currents. This free resource is just one of three trainings on rip currents. In total, the COMET program has produced more than 400 lessons and courses. Learn more by visiting their website.