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Department of Meteorology – University of Reading

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  • A global leader in research

    Ranked 2nd for research in Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences in the Center for World University Rankings by Subject 2017

  • Dr Helen Dacre

    Developing forecasting models that accurately predict the dispersal of volcanic ash

  • A personalised approach to your learning

    Benefit from a staff-to-student ratio of about 1:2 on our undergraduate courses

  • Latest news

    See what our weather and climate experts are saying on our blog

Department of Meteorology

Finding solutions to the critical problems in the natural environment requires talented scientists committed to pushing frontiers. Individuals with the knowledge, skill and curiosity to apply the principles of physics and mathematics in new ways.

Our Department of Meteorology, part of the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences, brings together a diverse and gifted community of meteorologists, physicists, mathematicians and computational scientists; experts in weather, climate, atmospheric and space physics, oceanography, hydrology, renewable energy and Earth observation.

"Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on."

Richard P. Feynman, theoretical physicist

We are united by a passion to explore how physics and mathematics may be best applied to provide solutions to critical issues in the natural environment. Our ground-breaking scientific research is extending knowledge and understanding and, through our teaching, we are training a new generation of scientists to think differently. Whether you study one of our degree courses, join our team or collaborate with us, you will be part of a world-leading Department intent on making a positive difference to the natural environment.

Making a global impact

We are world leaders for research in atmospheric, ocean and climate science. We are ranked:

  • 2nd in the world for research in Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences according to the Center for World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • 3rd in the UK by Research Power for Earth Systems & Environmental Science; 100% of our research was ranked world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)
  • 4th in the UK for Earth and Marine Sciences in The Guardian University Guide 2018

We are the UK's only dedicated meteorology department. By choosing to study or work with us you will join one of the largest academic communities of atmospheric, ocean and space physicists in the world. Our Department is a dynamic environment, where you can learn from and work with internationally recognised research and teaching staff, including five Fellows of the Royal Society and climate experts who contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Established links with industry

We have long-established relationships with commercial and governmental organisations within the meteorological, climate and related sectors.

These national and international relationships range from individual student projects to multi-year commercial research programmes, and include work with renowned institutions such as the UK Met Office, the Environment Agency, NASA, the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the World Meteorological Organization, the European Space Agency and the Institute for Environmental Analytics. We also have established links with commercial industries within the power, utilities, transport, space, education, agriculture and health sectors.

Our industry partners collaborate in the delivery of some of our taught modules, enabling our students to learn from professionals in the field and gain insight into a variety of potential sectors, organisations and roles for their future career. This approach also enables us to ensure that the courses we offer are professionally relevant.

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Image credits:

Banner images 3 and 4: Meteorology MSc alumna Cammie Czuchnicki (www.weatherstudios.com), Creative Commons Attribution Licence. Images edited and cropped to fit banner.

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