Data sharing agreements for flood forecasting

The Bureau’s new partners are among the first organisations in Australia to formalise existing data sharing arrangements around real-time rainfall data and streamflow observations for the national flood forecasting and warning service.

While informal data sharing arrangements have been in place for many years, these new agreements recognise the importance of the service and the vital role that the Bureau’s key water partners have in the flood forecasting system.

The supply of these observations is essential for an effective national flood forecasting and warning service, which provides the basis for flood response by emergency services and the community. The service also allows water resource managers to respond to large inflows of water into their dams and rivers.

Dozens more organisations who manage large numbers of monitoring sites around the country, including State and Territory and local government agencies, will be called upon to sign up to this new Bureau initiative over the next year.

Visit the National Flood Forecasting and Warning Service site