Professional development

Meteorology for Disaster Managers Masterclass


7.45am - 4.30pm, 28 April 2020



Learn the fundamentals of weather direct from the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia's official source of weather information. 

Across the globe, 90 per cent of major disasters are weather-related. Take your understanding of the weather and natural hazards to the next level by attending this highly recommended one-day masterclass.

What will you learn?

This highly informative one-day masterclass provides a practical overview of the science of meteorology, tailored to meet the needs of the disaster resilience sector. Attend the masterclass to learn about the fundamentals of weather and deepen your understanding of weather forecasts and warnings.

Learn from professional meteorologists about a range of topics, including:

  • Basic principles of weather forecasting
  • Global circulation, the atmosphere and synoptic weather charts
  • Understanding rainfall forecasts
  • Thunderstorms and severe weather
  • Flood forecasts and warnings
  • Fire weather and heatwaves
  • How to use weather and warning information to make better informed decisions
  • Navigating the Bureau of Meteorology website

Download the Learning Outcomes summary [PDF 557KB]


Who should attend?

This masterclass is essential learning for all who work or volunteer in a disaster resilience-related role. This includes people working on disaster risk reduction, preparedness, planning, policy, response, recovery, community education, communication, business continuity and other areas.  


Why should you attend?

Weather and climate are major drivers of disaster risk. For those working in the disaster resilience sector in Australia, weather-related disasters are a major focus and cause extensive damage.

Developing a deeper understanding of how weather works will enable you to make more informed decisions and plans, as well as provide better risk and hazard information in the workplace and to the community.

The masterclass is facilitated by a professional meteorologist, providing the opportunity to ask questions and clarify your understanding on important weather information relevant to your role.


Frequently asked questions

Who will lead the masterclass?

The masterclass will be led by an operational meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre. All presenters are accredited trainers with extensive experience delivering introductory courses about meteorology in locations around Australia.

Are there any prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites. Limited science knowledge is assumed. The masterclass is tailored to the disaster resilience community so it is assumed that you have an active professional or volunteer role, or are undertaking relevant studies.

 What do I need to do to prepare?

Once you have registered to attend the masterclass, you will be directed to enrol via the Bureau of Meteorology’s online learning management system. You will be invited to complete a brief pre-course survey about what you would like to get our of the masterclass and any special requirements. You will also be able to view some course materials in advance to read prior to the masterclass if you choose to, but this is not mandatory.

What should I bring?

Participants are welcome to bring a tablet or laptop to access the Bureau of Meteorology website for interactive learning as various topics are covered. Full catering, notepads, pens and access to wifi will be provided.

Are group discounts available?

A group discount may be provided for groups of three or more. Please contact to make an enquiry.

Learning requirements

You will have the opportunity to share any special learning requirements with the masterclass facilitator before the day so that they can attend to your needs.