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 online training will include an overview of the model, sources of satellite-derived input data, and implementation of the model.


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

  • Download, install, and use the VIC model
  • Set up VIC for a watershed or river basin using remote sensing data inputs
  • Analyse output water resource components

Level and Format:

  • Introductory
  • Three one-hour sessions


This training is primarily intended for water resources professionals and disaster managers from local, state, and federal agencies, NGOs, and the private sector.