The University of Alabama is hosting a seven-week course for students participating in the National Flood Interoperability Experiment, according to the Crimson White. The NFIE was started by the National Weather Service and researchers at several universities to improve weather models used in flood forecasting.
Students involved with the class get experience building prototypes of their own flood forecasting models from the ground up. They also have a chance to share ideas for improving models that are already in use around the country.
The course is being called a “summer institute” and was launched to support the goals of the NIFE. It is the first course of its kind since the National Water Center was opened at the University of Alabama in spring 2014.
Featured Image: Downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota, during the Red River of the North flood on April 21, 1997 (Credit: USGS)