New centre to monitor extreme weatherNew measures have been announced to improve the Bureau of Meteorology’s (BOM) capacity to respond to future extreme weather and natural disaster events.
The changes aim to improve to response to events such as floods, fires, storms and tropical cyclones, particularly when they occur simultaneously and in multiple locations.
In July 2011 the Australian Government commissioned an independent review of the capacity of BOM to respond to future extreme weather and to provide accurate and timely seasonal forecasting services.
Undertaken by Chloe Munro, the Review of the Bureau of Meteorology's capacity to respond to future extreme weather and natural disaster events and to provide seasonal forecasting services proposed a suite of priority actions to address risks requiring attention.
It also recommended additional options for further consideration by the Bureau and by the Government.
The Australian Government's response reveals plans to establish a new National Centre for Extreme Weather; increases frontline forecasters; build new forecasting systems; and deliver infrastructure upgrades in response to the Review.
“The Government has provided $58.5 million over four years to the Bureau to implement many of the priority actions contained in the review,” the response says.
“This extends the Government’s initial response outlined in the 2012-13 Budget.”
The Review’s report can be accessed at this PS News link.
A summary of the Government’s response is available at this PS News link.
Edition 375, 20 August 2013