You are expected to review a piece of research and consider application to TC applications.

The research could be from one of the following suggested sources:

AMS Hurricane Conference 2018: recorded 15min presentations: 

https://ams.confex.com/ams/33HURRICANE/webprogram/start.html

AMS Hurricane Conference 2016: recorded 15min presentations: https://ams.confex.com/ams/32Hurr/webprogram/32HURRICANES.html

CAWCR seminars: http://bom-cawcr.bom.gov.au/cawcrseminars/

Peer reviewed journals: eg.

AMOJ: http://www.bom.gov.au/amm/

TCRR: http://tcrr.typhoon.gov.cn/EN/volumn/home.shtml

You may wish to share the research item more widely with colleagues such as posting to tc_discussion@bom.gov.au email discussion list or presenting to your colleagues at a lunchtime seminar or even applying the research to TC operations. This might also stimulate ideas for research more locally.

If you have a research idea but don't have the time to pursue it, could approach ask for assistance to the wider group, a colleague or the TC trainer who is in a position to provide direct assistance.

If you have any questions contact Joe Courtney x2229 or by email.


Method:
Review of research to be completed in own time as appropriate.
Duration: This will depend upon the subject. It could range from a minimum half an hour to view a 15min video and offer comments; or significantly longer if the subject content is more complex and involving reading a scientific paper and following up on related research. 
Assessment: No formal assessment will be done other than tracking the completion of at least one review being completed.
Help: Contact Joe Courtney or your local colleagues with TC expertise.





Track of pre-Stan


Following on from the modules Introduction to Storm Surge and National Storm Surge Forecasting, this module:

·         reviews the science of tropical cyclone storm tide;

·         reviews regional coastal vulnerability to TC-related storm tide;

·         describes the new tropical cyclone storm tide forecast guidance;

·         describes the forecast process applying the guidance during operations to issue storm tide advices.

For the 2019/20 tropical cyclone season there is little change to the existing products issued but this will likely change during subsequent seasons.

Case studies are used to demonstrate the application of guidance information to determine warning strategies.

Completion of the course requires successfully completing a quiz at the end to demonstrate understanding of the guidance systems and how they can be used in operations. A grade of at least 85% is required.

Allow approximately 2-3 hours to complete this module. [depending on scope]

Method: 
Online
Duration: 2-3 hours
Assessment: Quiz. You'll need to achieve at least 90% on each quiz to pass overall
Help: Contact Joe Courtney (08 9263 2229)

You are expected to follow the TCWC forecast process in one of these exercises using TC Damien and TC Uesi to simulate TCWC operations. Each offer a different set of challenges.

For each case you are required to complete an analysis and forecast and then decide upon a policy for the coastline. In addition to the resources provided, you are also asked to use TCModule and Visual Weather. The exercises can be done in your own time at you own pace or in a group. If you can, simulate operations using a clock against the timeline. Allow at least 1/2 day to one day to complete each case. Alternatively, you can look at specific elements of the forecast process, eg Dvorak or putting together talking points or use the process to examine a real-time case outside the region including cases in the northern hemisphere.

If you have any questions contact Joe Courtney x2229 or by email.

Method:
Case studies, either done in a small group during pre-season TC training or can be done in your own time online.
Duration: Multiple exercises of 3-6 hours each, longer if training resources are consulted. The cases are independent of each other allowing completion to be done over time.
Assessment: No formal assessment will be done other than tracking the completion of at least one exercise prior to working in the TCWC for 2019/20 season.
Help: Contact Joe Courtney or your local colleagues with TC expertise.

This course is the assessment material to enable forecasters to be competent in the specific units of competency that they are required to do their job.

There are six specific units of competency for Tropical Cyclones.

Unit 1. Provide general support during Tropical Cyclone operations.

Unit 2. Provide forecasting support during Tropical Cyclone Operations

Unit 3. Lead and coordinate the provision of operational tropical cyclone services.

Unit 4. Forecasting potential storm tide impacts.

Unit 5. Assess Tropical Cyclogenesis Potential

Unit 6. Conduct re-analyses of TC events and maintain TC database

 Which competency units you are required to complete is a matter for you and your supervisor to agree upon depending on your role. For each of these units there are specific types of assessment that need to be completed before you can be deemed competent in that Competency.

These range from completing a series of quiz questions, evidence of being assessed during training, evidence of being assessed during workplace (during operations or a simulation), ‘portfolio’ evidence of your work done in your workplace and sign off from your supervisor.

Evidence of your work will be uploaded to a competency ‘database’ during the assessment process.

Forecasters are requested to provide feedback on the assessment process to ensure that it continues to develop and improve.

In addition to demonstrating that you can do your job the assessment material is also designed to help you do your job.

So enjoy!

Method: Online (quizzes), face to face during training and on the job

Duration for online component: 2-4 hours depending on requirements and existing knowledge.

Assessment: Quizzes; observation during training and on the job; supervisor report; portfolio of work completed.

Help: Contact Joe Courtney

This course describes how to use microwave imagery for tropical cyclone analysis. Microwave imagery provides additional information to conventional infrared and visible imagery by 'seeing through' high cloud to assist in tropical cyclone analysis of position, intensity and structure.

This material is not available to the public generally but can be accessed by forecasters outside the Bureau via a passkey. Contact Joe Courtney joe.courtney@bom.gov.au for further details. 

This course describes how the range of scatterometers and radiometers can be used for analysing tropical cyclones. This includes:

  • how scatterometers and radiometers can estimate surface winds;
  • a description of the range of sensors providing surface winds and their availability;
  • their application for tropical cyclones including strengths and weaknesses;
  • case studies to examine their application in a range of different cases.

This material is not available to the public generally but can be accessed by forecasters outside the Bureau via a passkey. Contact Joe Courtney joe.courtney@bom.gov.au for further details.

This course applies to the BMKG Indonesia Tropical Cyclone course in September 2018.

The workshop will include presentations and practical exercises aimed at BMKG forecasters.

The TC material will be aimed at forecasters involved in tropical cyclone services at an inexperienced to moderate level of experience.

This course applies to the WMO Tropical Cyclone workshop held every two years. The 2019 course is scheduled for Fiji 9-13 September. 

The workshop will include presentations and practical exercises aimed at forecasters in the southern Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The TC material will be aimed at forecasters involved in tropical cyclone services at an inexperienced to moderate level of experience.