Monday, 28 February 2011

The Bureau is proposing changes to each of the nine data categories in the Water Regulations 2008.

The metadata detail required to accompany each observation (data file) is proposed to change significantly. A draft list has been drawn up for Category 1a Watercourse level that features 35 metadata elements. The Bureau expects to draft metadata lists for all Regulations subcategories over the coming two years.

Read more about Changes proposed to Water Regulations metadata.

Map with stream network and catchment boundaries highlighted
Geofabric stream network and catchment boundaries

The Australian Hydrological Geospatial Fabric, or Geofabric, is now available in a transfer format known as an ESRI Shapefile. This format caters for users who do not have access to ESRI ArcGIS software.

Read more about Geofabric data now more accessible.

La NiƱa past its peak

The La Niña event that has dominated the Australian climate for the past nine months continues but is starting to show signs of weakening. Once a La Niña event weakens, it is likely that rainfall and temperature conditions will return to the long-term average.

More details about the La Niña conditions are provided in the Bureau's ENSO Wrap-Up. The rainfall outlook andtemperature outlook for March to May are also available.

Water Information in two minutes

Still from the Water Information video
Still from the Water Information video

Two minutes is all it takes to hear about the Bureau's role in Water Information. The video explains the steps the Bureau is taking to collect, analyse and report on Australia's water situation as part of the Federal Government's Water for the Future Program.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Map of forecast sites for the Murrumbidgee, Upper murray, Kiewa, Ovens, Goulburn, Broken, Capaspe, and Loddon catchments.
Map of forecast sites

High inflows are forecast for rivers and catchments in the south-east Murray-Darling Basin in the next three months. These forecasts are part of the Bureau's new Seasonal Streamflow Forecasting Service, launched in Canberra this week.

The forecasts are freely available on the Bureau's website and predict how much water is expected to flow at 13 river sites and eight storages in the south-east Murray-Darling Basin. The service will help water managers and users make better water availability decisions. More forecasts are planned for other rivers and catchments in the next two years.

Read more about Seasonal Streamflow Forecasting Service launched.

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