Wednesday, 5 July 2017

River and tree-lined banks
River Murray, near Corowa, NSW. (photographer: Merryn Coutts)

While our seasonal streamflow forecasts are better now than they were five years ago, or even two years ago—whenever we ask users how we could improve, a common response is ‘provide forecasts with greater accuracy and reliability’.
Increased forecast performance will allow water managers to more confidently make planning and operational decisions.

To continually improve the forecasts, we have developed a long-term collaboration with the University of Adelaide and the University of Newcastle.

Read more about improving seasonal streamflow forecast performance.

Graphic depicting connected nodes and word 'Geofabric'
The six hydrologic layers of the Geofabric

We’ve just released version 3 Geofabric data for the South East Coast Victoria drainage division.

The Geofabric is a digital database of surface and groundwater features—like a street directory of Australia’s important hydrologic features.

Read more about catchment models in the Geofabric.

High quality surface water data—collected to a common standard—is essential to understanding and managing our water resources.
The Bureau collates and shares a wealth of this data from monitoring organisations across Australia, and the quality of the data starts with the hydrographers that collect it.

Read more about gauging river flows and accessing the data.

Murray-Darling Basin storage map from May 2017, showing most storages greater than 50% full, and 6 storages more than 80% full
Storage levels for the Murray–Darling Basin, from the May 2017 Monthly Water Update

Our popular Monthly Water Update now has even more information for you.

Initially developed to give you a quick overview of the recent status of rainfall and streamflow, it has now been expanded to include salinity and storage levels.

Read more about Expanding our Monthly Water Update.

Following extensive analysis, the final region of the National Water Account 2016, the Murray–Darling Basin report is now available, along with a national overview and video summarising the 2015–16 account.
The National Water Account gives detailed insight into Australia's water situation for the previous financial year across ten nationally significant water-use regions.

Read more about the National Water Account.

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