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This course is delivered by Prof Chris Holloway. It runs from January to March 2025.

This course explores weather systems and circulations in the tropical atmosphere, such as:

  • convection
  • the intertropical convergence zone
  • the Hadley and Walker Circulations
  • the El Nino-Southern Oscillation
  • the Madden-Julian Oscillation
  • tropical cyclones.

The online course is developed from the Tropical Weather Systems module.

You will need to satisfactorily complete three of the five problem sheets to pass.

Timetabled sessions in 2025

There will be six timetabled online live classes. Times to be arranged in consultation with those enrolled. A joining link will be given to enrolled learners.


  • A working knowledge of A-level Mathematics or equivalent
  • Equivalent to Further Mathematics A-level or a pass equivalent to a 2.1 in a first year science undergraduate mathematics module (particularly vector calculus).
  • A pass equivalent to a 2.1 in an undergraduate module in meteorology or atmospheric science or the online course Fundamentals of Meteorology.

Read the Terms and Conditions for Meteorology Online Courses.


Apply by 16 December 2024.

Further Learning

Find out about The Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading's scheduled online courses and open online courses.