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?.

Map of Australia with National Water Account regions highlighted
National Water Account 2011 released

Australia’s most comprehensive water information resource has been updated, with the National Water Account 2011 now available. It features water accounting reports for eight nationally significant regions: Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Murray–Darling Basin, Ord, Perth, South East Queensland and Sydney.

Read more about National Water Account 2011 released.

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.

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