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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Dr Rob Vertessy
Dr Rob Vertessy

Dr Rob Vertessy has been appointed Director of the Bureau of Meteorology. As many readers will know, Rob joined the Bureau in 2007 and established the Improving Water Information Program. His career spans more than 20 years as a senior water scientist and leading researcher.

Read more about Rob Vertessy named as new Bureau director.


Photo of Mound Spring Oodnadatta track. Copyright Luke Doherty
Mound Spring Oodnadatta track. Copyright Luke Doherty

An online atlas creating a consistent, national inventory of groundwater dependent ecosystems was launched in Canberra on 11 September 2012 by the Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator the Hon Don Farrell.

The Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Atlas, available on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website, is designed to help planners and decision-makers balance the need for development with the protection of groundwater sources and their dependent ecosystems.

Read more about the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Atlas.


Climate data online screenshots
Weather & climate data

Did you know you can get 100 years of monthly rainfall data for Preston Reservoir free on the Bureau’s website? Perhaps you’re interested in daily maximum temperatures for Alice Springs in the 1880s, or minimum temperatures at Perisher.

The Bureau’s Weather Station Directory provides all this and more.

Read more about Climate data.


Screenshot showing the Fitzroy Barrage on the Water Storage website
Water storage levels for the Fitzroy Barrage

Three major water storages in the Rockhampton region have been added to the Bureau’s Water Storage site, bringing the total number of storages to 285.

New water storage Capacity
Fitzroy Barrage 59,375 ML
Mount Morgan No.7  2,896 ML
Kelly’s Offstream Storage 1,146 ML

Read more about new arrivals to Water Storage.


Thursday, 9 August 2012

Perth and Ord water statements on tap

Water accounting statement for Perth
Water accounting statement for Perth

As part of the National Water Account 2011, the Perth and Ord regions are now freely available on the Bureau’s website. The other six regions – Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, South East Queensland, Sydney and the Murray–Darling Basin – will be available in coming months.

Senior Hydrologist Yves Bessard said the 2010–11 Statement for the Perth region highlights the reduction in inflows to groundwater and surface water stores due to low rainfall.

"The 2010–11 year saw record low surface water store inflows," he said. "The region is becoming more reliant on groundwater and desalinated water to compensate for the climate variability of the region."

Yves added that the Statement for the Ord region shows that the area's water resources well exceeded current use. The region relies mainly on surface water inflows, which were at near-record highs in 2010–11.

The National Water Account is prepared by the Bureau in partnership with more than 30 organisations, such as water agencies, local government and natural resource management authorities, irrigation service providers and electricity generators.


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