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Introduction to Using the VIC Hydrologic Model with NASA Earth Observations

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. EST (UTC -5)
Registration Closes: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hydrologic modeling is useful for flood, drought, and water resources management. The Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) Model uses inputs to better understand hydrological processes in near real-time. Many of the inputs are available from NASA remote sensing and Earth system models, allowing the model to provide soil moisture, evapotranspiration and runoff as outputs. Together with precipitation data, these outputs provide quantitative assessment of a regional water budget. This introductory training will include an overview of the model, sources of satellite-derived input data, and implementation of the model.

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Learning Objectives: 

By the end of the training, attendees will learn how to:

  • download, install, and use the VIC model
  • setup VIC for a watershed or river basin using remote sensing data inputs
  • analyze output water resource components
Course Format: 
  • Three, 1 hour sessions

Complete Session 1 of Fundamentals of Remote Sensing and Session 2B, or have equivalent experience. Attendees that do not complete prerequisites may not be properly prepared for the pace during the training.


This training is primarily intended for water resources professionals and disaster managers from local, state, and federal agencies, NGOs, and the private sector. Governmental and non-governmental organizations engaged in water resources management will be given preference over organizations focused primarily on research.

Registration Information: 

There is no cost for the webinar, but you must register.

Session One: Introduction to the VIC Hydrological Model

February 15, 2018

This session will cover an introduction to the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model, including an overview of VIC modules, computer hardware and software requirements, and an overview of inputs and outputs. View the recording » 



Session Two: Overview of Remote Sensing-Based Input Data for VIC

February 22, 2018

This session will go over the data preparation necessary, using the Mekong River Basin as an example. The session will also include a review of data sources, including MERRA temperature and winds; TRMM/GPM precipitation; SRTM terrain; and MODIS land cover, albedo, and leaf area index. View the recording » 



Session Three: Overview of VIC Implementation in a River Basin

March 1, 2018

This session will focus on implementing the VIC model, using the Mekong River Basin as an example. This will include calibration and validation, analysis of outputs, examples of applications, and a discussion on the advantages and limitations of VIC. View the recording » 



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