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Environment Australia, 2001
Overall achievement of outcome two
Australia benefits from meteorological and related science and services
Focusing on broad missions:
the bureau of meteorology delivers a range of outcomes.
Satisfaction of present and future needs for continuous reliable data and information on weather and climate:
- Efficient operation of the integrated observation, communication and data processing infrastructure that underpins the research, services and international outcomes to which the Bureau contributes.
- Increased public access to important real-time weather information, particularly through the Bureau website, including free access to weather radar imagery from 42 radars around Australia.
Advancement of meteorological understanding of mechanisms of weather and climate:
- Advanced development of a unified atmospheric model, which provides the foundation for modelling on scales from a few kilometres up to global scale.
- Successful conduct of an international forecast demonstration project of the World Weather Research Programme involving nowcasting (very short-range forecasting) systems from United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.
Enhanced community safety and well-being through the effective use of meteorological and related services by the general public and other major social and economic sectors:
- Provision of weather support services for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sydney, concluding seven years of detailed planning and consultation to ensure the needs of competitors, officials and the public were met and resulting in positive feedback from all quarters.
- A high level of community satisfaction with the full range of weather, climate and hydrological services provided by the Bureau.
International cooperation and goodwill including the benefits of global meteorological cooperation under the World Meteorological Organization and related international meteorological treaties and agreements:
- Fulfilment of all international obligations flowing from the Bureau's specific roles and responsibilities under the World Meteorological Organization, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and the International Civil Aviation Organization.
- Significant involvement by Bureau scientists in the preparation of the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.