The COMET® Program was established in 1989 by UCAR and NOAA’s NWS to promote a better understanding of mesoscale meteorology among weather forecasters and to maximize the benefits of new weather technologies during the NWS’s modernization program. The COMET mission has expanded, and today COMET uses innovative methods to develop training in the environmental sciences, particularly meteorology, but also including areas such as oceanography, hydrology, space weather and emergency management. The program's international efforts now include capacity development related to the collection and dissemination of weather information in developing countries.

COMET has an outstanding, highly trained team of instructional designers, scientists, graphic artists, multimedia developers, and information technology and administrative professionals. A COMET strength is the flexibility of its staff, which allows effective use of program funds and efficient production.

COMET Strategic Plan 2014-2019 (.pdf)

Parent Organization and Sponsors

Tthe COMET Program is part of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's (UCAR's) Community Programs (UCP) and is sponsored by NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), with additional funding by:

Community and Collaboration

A foundational principle of COMET is that all of the program’s activities are strengthened by collaboration with others. The COMET Program’s primary community includes environmental forecasters and scientists in all settings, including universities, government agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector, both in the U.S. and internationally.

The COMET Program receives significant benefits and support from its community. In particular, the unique relationship with the university community has been especially important to COMET’s mission. COMET works closely with faculty and members of the operational community to develop distance learning lessons and teach symposia and workshops. Through these interactions, academic partners often become aware of operational research needs that can lead to joint activities such as the ones promoted through the COMET Outreach Program. This collaborative involvement promotes the transfer of science into real-world applications and strengthens the use of new data and tools provided by NOAA and other federal agencies. At the same time, operational forecasters who work with academic partners gain a deeper understanding of the science behind their work.