Friday, 21 December 2012

Mob of sheep raise a cloud of red dust as they move across a dry padock
Rainfall deficiencies contract in WA but continue in SA

The Bureau of Meteorology reports regularly on which parts of Australia have experienced low rainfall over medium to long periods of time. While formal drought declarations are handled by the State and federal governments, the Bureau keeps the nation informed of significant rainfall deficiencies which may impact communities, industries and farmers.

Read more about Where is it dry?.

Graphic showing the Geofabric Product stack
Expanding our knowledge of Australia’s water landscape.

The release of Geofabric Version 2.1 includes a number of new features and an update of information.

The Australian Hydrological Geospatial Fabric (Geofabric) provides a framework for discovering, querying, reporting and modelling water information.

Read more about Geofabric Version 2.1 released.

Screen shot of the Environmental Information Explorer website
over 36 000 sites that measure surface water.

Information from environmental monitoring sites across Australia is now available through the Bureau’s Environmental Information Explorer. Users of the web-based portal can identify where monitoring sites are located (e.g. stream gauges or weather stations), the observations and measurements taken, and the site operators and owners.

Read more about Exploring environmental monitoring sites.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Front cover of the Australian Water Accounting Standard 1
Front cover of the Australian Water Accounting Standard 1

An Australian first was recognised on 8 October 2012 when the Australian Water Accounting Standard 1 was launched at the International RiverSymposium in Melbourne. The standard provides a cross-disciplined approach to water information reporting and guides the preparation and presentation of general purpose water account reports.

Read more about Australia's first water accounting standard.

Map of Australia
Seasonal bushfire outlook is above normal for large parts of southern Australia

The severe weather outlook combines various indicators to give insight into the risk of bushfire, tropical cyclone, storms and flood. Here is a summary of the outlook for the coming season.

Read more about the chances of severe weather this summer?.

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