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Friday, 17 December 2010

The Bureau is proposing a range of changes to Part 7 of the Water Regulations 2008 (Water Information). After collecting required data from named persons (organisations) for the past two years, the Bureau has identified areas where the regulations can be improved to enhance the quality and utility of water information.

Read more about Amendments proposed for Water Regulations.


Two men on the bank of the Esk river
Operating an Accoustic Doppler at South Esk River, Perth, Tasmania

Thirty-six organisations are sharing nearly $20 million in funding from the Bureau to update and extend their water monitoring systems during 2010/11.

The Bureau received applications worth more than $47 million for Round Four of the Modernisation and Extension of Hydrological Monitoring Systems Program.

Read more about $20 million funding allocated.


Two men examine hydrological equipment
Monitoring equipment

From the Northern Territory to remote World Heritage areas in Tasmania, a new publication uses case studies to demonstrate how the $80 million Modernisation and Extension of Hydrologic Monitoring Systems Program (M&E Program) is contributing to improved water information for Australia.

The Australian Government's M&E program, administered by the Bureau, has funded 397 projects over four rounds with a total investment of just over $67 million since it began in 2007.

Read more about Read how water monitoring systems are being upgraded.


Wetter conditions favoured for eastern and western Australia

National map of probability of exceeding median rainfall
National map of probability of exceeding median rainfall

The national outlook for January to March 2011 shows that rain is likely for the eastern half of New South Wales, southeastern Queensland and in western parts of Western Australia.

The seasonal rainfall outlook across Australia is a result of cool conditions in the central equatorial Pacific Ocean associated with the current La Niña.

For further details, visit the Seasonal Climate Outlook on the Bureau's website. You cansubscribe to receive email notification when the new outlooks are published each month.


Cover of the Water Information Progress Report
Water Information Progress Report

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 (464KB) examines the Bureau's advances in water information from 2007 to 2010.

Read more about New report charts Water Information progress.


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