The COMET® Program is an important international resource for meteorological services. Nearly one third of MetEd's registered users are from outside the United States. COMET maintains an active Spanish translation program, which allows us to offer a Spanish-language version of MetEd, along with hundreds of hours of distance learning in Spanish. In addition, many lessons have been translated into French and a few are available in Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin, and Bahasa Indonesia. With funding from the WMO, EUMETSAT, the Meteorological Service of Canada, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, COMET has developed many products for an international audience and contributed to training capacity development through workshop and conference offerings. COMET also hosts hands-on, classroom based courses that are tailored to international needs, such as winter weather forecasting for the Winter Olympics.
In 2016, COMET became the administrator of the International Extension and Public Alert Systems (IEPAS) programs. IEPAS engages in research and undertakes projects to improve rural and remote communication of meteorological information. Primary support for the program is provided by the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) within its Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. Funding is provided through an inter-agency agreement with the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) International Activities Office (IAO). Learn more about IEPAS activities on iepas.net.
COMET staff members have been active for many years in WMO task teams and expert panels, and are active members of the CALMet Working Group, which hosts the CALMet Conferences.
COMET is a member of the Standing Conference of the Heads of Training Institutions Coordinating Committee (SCHOTI/CO-COM). This informal group is represented by the heads of training of well developed training centers. It works in association with the WMO's Executive Council Panel of Experts on Education and Training to provide guidance and assistance in the development of training resources for less developed nations.