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Introduction to Using the VIC Hydrologic Model with NASA Earth Observations

15 February - 01 March 2018

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Course Overview: Hydrologic modelling is useful for flood, drought, and water resources management. The Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) Model uses inputs to better understand hydrological processes in near real-time. Many of the inputs are available from NASA remote sensing and Earth system models, allowing the model to provide soil moisture, evapotranspiration and runoff as outputs. Together with precipitation data, these outputs provide quantitative assessment of a regional water budget. This introductory training will include an overview of the model, sources of satellite-derived input data, and implementation of the model. By the end of this training, attendees will be able to download, install, and use the VIC model, setup VIC for a watershed or river basin using remote sensing data inputs, and analyse output water resources components.

The course will consist of three, 1 hour sessions. Sessions will be held on Thursdays, between 15 February and 1 March from 09:00 – 10:00 and 18:00 – 19:00 EST (UTC -5). The session is broadcast twice per day to allow for international participation.

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