The Bureau of Meteorology
The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government.
Currently, hundreds of organisations across Australia collect data to facilitate water management, and send a copy to the Bureau of Meteorology to integrate it and make it available across the nation. The Bureau started this journey in 2008 with a blank slate in national water information capabilities, although with a long and successful record developing and delivering related flood warning and climate information services. Extensive information technologies, data exchange, assessment and forecasting now underpins a national suite of water products, supporting a diverse range of customers’ needs across timeframes from hours to decades, from the past and into the future. These products are available from the Bureau’s website: www.bom.gov.au/water.
The Bureau contributes to national social, economic, cultural and environmental goals by providing observational, meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic services and by undertaking research into science and environment related issues in support of its operations and services.