This module focuses on improving the communication of uncertainty in forecasts, warnings, briefings and interviews. The overall module is comprised of four stand-alone sub-modules that are designed to be done independently. 

1 The importance of communicating uncertainty in the forecast process and for user decision making. 

2. The general principles of effective communication. 

3. Communicating uncertainty information in Bureau products. 

4. Applying communicating uncertainty using case studies to demonstrate appropriate communication approaches. 

The overall course will take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete depending on the user. Experienced forecasters may find the first module too basic so may choose to focus on the interactions and then the quiz.

Quiz questions will be used at the end of each module as evidence for overall completion. Each of the quizzes are worth five marks. You are required to get every question correct. You are allowed two attempts for every multiple choice question and one attempt for the True and False questions, otherwise you are required to restart the quiz.

NOTE: The modules work best in IE or Chrome. There are occasionally some strange behaviour if using Mozilla Firefox.

Duration: Usually 1.5-2 hours
Assessment: Quiz for each of the four modules.

Header for the National Himawari-8 Training Campaign

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The National Himawari-8 Training Course (2015) will assist Australian Bureau of Meteorology, WMO Region V and other stakeholders in preparing for the effective use of Himawari-8 data prior to its availability using existing satellite resources. Ongoing liaison and training to stakeholders will be given once the Himawari-8 data becomes available.

This Moodle-based Training and Assessment component of the National Himawari-8 Training Course (2015) will be available to selected stakeholders. This will include the following resources and activities: 

  • Easily accessible and user-friendly resources for Stakeholder familiarisation with the new data from Himawari-8.
  • Resources include a summary of how Forecasters can use the Himawari-8 data effectively
  • Resources include Red-Green-Blue Product reference information.
  • An introductory Quiz which will test your basic understanding of the new satellite data
  • Case studies and associate questions will be developed as Himawari-8 data becomes operationally available.

Duration: 5 hours to prepare for and to complete the Quiz
Assessment: A Quiz
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This course will guide you through the tools and techniques required to perform the basic forecast process in GFE. The course is broken into modules covering the basics of GFE and its guidance sources, followed by examination of the forecast process for Temperature, Wind, Marine, Fire Weather, Precipitation and Weather Elements.

Course Outcome

To complete this course, you must complete the exercises in each of the modules and answer quiz questions on key concepts.

Delivery Mode

This course is intended for facilitated delivery on the Graduate Meteorologist course over 4 week, or as self guided learning with supporting videos and multimedia assets.