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  • Introduction to Meteorology logo      Introduction to Meteorology

    About our weather course

    Introduction to Meteorology (I2M) is a weather course which provides expert insight into the fundamentals of weather forecasting and weather information, helping you make more informed decisions. It’s delivered by professional meteorologists and hydrologists at the Bureau of Meteorology—giving you specialised information direct from the source. It is a highly informative two-day course that provides a broad overview of the science of meteorology. Course content is relevant to government and private organisations, as well as individuals who rely on timely and accurate weather information to manage risk and make critical decisions.

    Whilst other courses may require you to have a background in science or mathematics before enrolling in the course, the Bureau's Introduction to Meteorology course has no pre-requisites and is accessible to anybody with an interest.

    The course size is limited for a personalised experience. 

    What will I learn?

    • Basic principles of atmospheric science and weather forecasting
    • Major systems which influence the weather
    • The broad range of weather and warning services delivered by the Bureau of Meteorology, and how you can use these to make better, more informed decisions

    Read our course overview for more information.

    How do I shape the course for my interests?

    A meteorologist explains how to interpret satellite imagery to a course attendeeAfter enrolling in your preferred course you can indicate your elective preferences on the pre-course survey. We'll cover the most popular electives selected by course participants from the list below:

    • thunderstorms and severe weather (always covered)
    • flood warning
    • tropical cyclones
    • fire weather and heatwaves
    • climate principles and climate outlooks
    • marine weather
    • tsunami
    • aviation 

    Read our electives overview for more information.

    Who do I contact?

    Contact the Course Manager via email:

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