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The onshore and offshore wind industry is vulnerable to many different types of weather, the impact of which can prove very costly. We provide classroom-based courses specifically tailored for renewable energy professionals. We'll help you understand the mechanisms of the atmosphere and meteorological terminology. You'll also learn how to better interpret weather information, so you can optimise operations and site safety on wind farms.

Introduction to Meteorology for Wind Energy Professionals

We are delighted to offer our popular scheduled courses in a variety of locations throughout 2015. The course will take place in Bristol in September. For more information about the aims and objectives of the course please see the renewable energy training webpage.

Multiple delegate bookings

Discounts are available for multiple delegate bookings. Please email with details of how many delegates and which event they wish to attend, an account manager will then get in touch. Alternatively we can provide bespoke training designed to meet specific requirements and delivered at your premises. For more information see the bespoke training webpage or email

Booking and payment instructions

  • To book and pay by credit card for a single place on a course, click on the appropriate course link below. The site will prompt you to create an account prior to taking payment.
  • Once your credit card payment is processed by the site you will automatically have access to a range of online resources that include joining instructions. Your access to the resources will expire when the training is complete.
  • If you wish to book on behalf of someone else, please complete the online payment process and then email with the name and email address of the delegate, we will then transfer the account and supply new login details.
If you do not wish to pay by credit card or wish to book multiple places, please email

  • 16-17th March 2016 venue TBC

    Price per delegate £825* Met Office training is VAT exempt.

    *Places booked before 19th February qualify for the early bird discount - £825, delegate rate is £975 thereafter.

    Image of an offshore turbineCourse summary:
    This introduction to meteorology course is designed to provide professionals in the offshore wind industry with an overview of weather and its impacts on an offshore wind farm/site. The marine environment you work in is particularly vulnerable to risk and uncertainty and this training will enable you to better interpret the marine forecasts that are integral to logistics and planning. Understanding metocean information and terminology will help you deploy resources efficiently, safely and on time.
    The course gives an overview of where our weather comes from before highlighting the potential offshore hazards. Advice is given on when hazards are likely to occur and the signals to watch out for. A general wind section describes its causes and the conditions that will result in turbulence and strong gusts. An overview of metocean challenges explains sea state including tides, swell, currents and waves and what it can mean for an offshore site. The final part describes how we forecast the weather, its accuracy and future developments.

    The content of the two day course:

    Weather regimes and fronts
    An overview of what drives our weather, and major weather features; fronts and air masses and their implication for offshore wind demand and maintenance activities at sea.

    Weather Hazards
    How hazardous weather (e.g. lightning, freezing rain, etc.) can threaten wind farm operations.

    General and Local Wind effects
    Describes wind formation and explains the causes of strong and gusty winds and what to look out for, plus local winds, e.g. sea breezes, and their effect offshore.

    Sea state
    Includes an overview of metocean terminology and detail on significant wave tides, waves formation, swell and surge implications for sea state.

    Forecasting methods
    Explains forecasting methods and how probabilities allow better evaluation of confidence.

    Other Information:

    • Offshore specific exercise activities will be included during the course to consolidate the topics covered.
    • Certificates will be supplied upon completion of the course.
    • Courses can be held at your premises or at the Met Office College in Exeter. Courses in Exeter can include a tour of Met Office headquarters including the Operations Centre.