Read how water monitoring systems are being upgraded

Two men examine hydrological equipment

Monitoring equipment

The Bureau of Meteorology's Improving Water Information Program has now been running for three years. But how is the Australian Government's $450 million investment being spent, and what has been achieved? 

The Improving Water Information Program Progress Report examines the Bureau's advances in water information from 2007 to 2010. Over the past three years, the Bureau has made significant advances towards piecing together a comprehensive body of knowledge on our nation's water resources.

The report explores the suite of water information products and services that are progressively being released and how they are enhancing community understanding of water resources, water management decision-making and water policy.

A key achievement has been the building of extensive, nationwide partnerships with government, industry and other scientific organisations on water information matters. These partnerships have brought Australia's best water experts and key water managers together, enhancing the coherence and professionalism of Australia's water sector.

The Progress Report highlights the Bureau's achievements across ten objectives: sharing data, setting standards, building systems, data warehousing, improving observations, publishing information, assessing water resources, accounting for water, forecasting flows, and research and development. The Progress Report is available on the Bureau's website New report charts Water Information progress

Other case studies outline the increased use of Acoustic Doppler technology to measure floods, upgrades to monitoring systems in World Heritage areas of Tasmania, improved information about the capacity of major water storages in New South Wales and newly developed computer software making sharing water data and information by the Bureau and water managers much easier.