The video below provides an overview of the International Desks and describes how professional meteorologists from around the globe come to NOAA to learn to use a new set of tools they can take home to help make their regions climate smart.
Armed with their own practical experience and detailed understanding of weather forecasting in their own country, these scientists participate in a training program with three main components: an in-residence training in an operational environment, training via workshops, and follow-up training through distance learning. The four desks—the African Desk, the South American Desk, the Tropical Desk, and the Monsoon Desk—train more than 20 visiting meteorologists each year in the residence program. The training program offers these scientists a better understanding of the major climate factors that influence climate variability in their respective countries.
Every meteorologist who completes the program can help their own community gain critical lead time to prepare for weather influenced by the climate system.
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The website also offers access to curricula and other program-related links.