Friday, 17 December 2010

iPhone showing water storage levels for Australia
Water Storage iPhone app

The Bureau of Meteorology's new Water Storage iPhone application shows data for more than 250 sites across Australia. It is available for free download at the iTunes App Store.

Water Storage information is also available on the Bureau's Water Storage web site which was launched in October 2010.

Read more about Water Storage in your hand.

It might come as a surprise to many people in Australia that globally, the year 2010 is almost certain to rank in the top three warmest years on record and may well be the hottest yet. This was the message from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in a press release on 3 December.

In contrast, Australia's average temperatures so far during 2010 have been cooler than the past eight years although still above the long term average.

Read more about 2010 - one of the warmest years on record?.

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.

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