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Meteorologist Todd Smith (right) helps train forecasters in the Philippines. Some of the Pacific nations which partner with the Bureau in sea-level and climate monitoring and climate prediction.

November: A legacy of international collaboration

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METEOROLOGIST Todd Smith flew into Manila to conduct training on the Bureau of Meteorology’s Tropical Cyclone Module software just ahead of typhoons Ramil and Santi. He used the storms to introduce the software to meteorologists, researchers, and technical staff of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration. “No need for training simulations when you have the real thing to work with,” he joked later.

The software saves forecasters time by calculating a “consensus” forecast from multiple numerical weather prediction models, and offers features such as improved graphical presentation of warnings. The project was one of scores of collaborations between the Bureau and other countries, part of a tradition of international cooperation in meteorology.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a specialised United Nations agency, was established in 1950 as the successor to the non-governmental International Meteorological Organization founded in 1873. Australia has a strong history of WMO engagement, with many Bureau staff joining in its programs of international cooperation.