The objective of the Radar Network and Doppler Services Upgrade Project is to provide advanced weather forecast and warning services for the Australian Community through new software applications, staff training, the installation of six modern Doppler radar systems in locations impacted by severe weather, and replacement of the Bureau's aging radars.
In 2003 the Commonwealth Government allocated over $62 million to allow the Bureau to modernise its radar network and supplement its Severe Weather Warning capabilities in key locations around the country. As part of the five-year project, 15 obsolete radars in the network are being replaced, and an enhanced Doppler radar capability is being implemented in 6 locations. These Doppler radars allow for the replacement of a further 5 radars in the network.
The new Doppler radars have a capability beyond existing Doppler radars within the Bureau's network. The improvements allow for an enhanced service delivery in terms of content, effectiveness and geographic coverage.
Over the five years of the project, several of the Bureau's current radars will be replaced and in some cases, new Doppler radars will be purchased. The time line of commissioned radars has been included below along with a list of areas being considered for a radar upgrade/replacement/relocation as part of the RNDSUP.
|Installation Name||Commissioning Date||Radar type|
|Mt Gambier||March 2004||Replacement|
|Port Hedland||March 2005||Replacement|
|Adelaide (Buckland Park)||October 2005||New High Resolution Doppler|
|Tennant Creek||October 2005||Replacement|
|Brisbane (Mt Stapylton)||August 2006||New High Resolution Doppler|
|Yarrawonga (upgrade)||August 2007||New High Resolution Doppler|
|Gympie (Mt Kanigan)||September 2007||Replacement|
|Melbourne (Laverton)||October 2007||New High Resolution Doppler|
|Darwin Airport||December 2008||Replacement|
|Sydney (Terrey Hills)||September 2009||New High Resolution Doppler|
|Perth (Serpentine)||June 2010||Replacement|
|Namoi (Black Jack Mountain)||August 2010||New High Resolution Doppler|
|Townsville (Mt Stuart)||2011||Replacement|