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Environment Australia, 2002
Australia benefits from meteorological and related science and services
Four output groups contributed to the achievement of Outcome two - Australia benefits from meteorological and related science and services. These are aligned directly with the four key elements of the outcome as follows:
Benefits associated with meteorological and related hydrological and oceanographic science and services are provided to the Australian community by the Bureau of Meteorology, under the authority of the Meteorology Act 1955.
For the period covered by this report, the Bureau operated as a self-contained statutory agency within the Department of the Environment and Heritage. In addition to the summary material included in this report, the Director of Meteorology presents a separate detailed annual report on the discharge of his responsibilities under the Meteorology Act.
In order to ensure that Australia is well served by contemporary meteorological and related information, science and services, the Bureau maintains extensive, high quality meteorological observations networks and data archives. It undertakes scientifically based prediction of weather, climate and the state of the atmosphere, oceans and inland waters, drawing heavily on arrangements under the Convention of the World Meteorological Organization for free and unrestricted international exchange of meteorological and related data and information. These activities are underpinned and complemented by a strong in-house and externally cooperative research programme to advance meteorological knowledge and understanding.
The Bureau head office in Melbourne serves as both an administrative and operational headquarters. It provides overall national strategic planning, management and coordination of the Bureau's integrated observations, telecommunications and data-processing infrastructure as well as its weather, climate, hydrological and oceanographic services. It also includes the National Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre, the National Climate Centre, the Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre and the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre.
Regional offices are located in each state capital and Darwin. Each regional office includes a regional forecasting centre and a flood-warning centre. The Perth, Darwin and Brisbane offices also include tropical cyclone warning centres. These offices are responsible for all the operational and service activities of the Bureau in the state or territory concerned and liaise closely with relevant state and territory government departments and agencies.