Tropical Synoptic Meteorology is a university-level, online meteorology course package. The goal of the course is to complement parts of the WMO Basic Instruction Package for Meteorology (BIP-M) requirements for synoptic and mesoscale meteorology, but with an emphasis on the tropics. The course utilizes existing and newly developed resources, including the online textbook, Introduction to Tropical Meteorology (http://www.meted.ucar.edu/tropical/textbook_2nd_edition/). The course package includes an instructor’s guide and model syllabus with learning objectives, sample learning activities, case studies, review questions, quizzes, and guidelines for best practices in online distance learning.

Adapting the Material

Much of the course material is available as documents that you can download and edit for your own use. Those pages are distinct in that the main content is embedded on a gray background. Above the embedded document, you will find a link to open the document in Google Docs. From there, you can download a copy as a Microsoft Word .doc, Adobe Reader .pdf, and in various other formats. You do not need to have a Google account to download and use the material on this site.

Register as an Instructor of Interest

We encourage anyone interested in adapting this curriculum for their own course to register with COMET. By letting us know you are interested in using this course outline and material, we can keep you informed of updates and additions and we will provide access to suggested quizzes for each of the three units. Please use this form to provide your contact and affiliation information. You can also use the form  to submit any questions or comments about the course package.


This site was developed by the COMET Program with support from NOAA's National Weather Service International Activities Office with funding for the World Meteorological Organization. The project lead and primary subject matter expert was Arlene Laing with content contributions by Bryan Guarente, development by Bruce Muller, and project oversight by Pat Parrish and Bruce Muller.