Bureau of Meteorology To Use Social Media To Gather Weather Data?
by Luke Hopewell. Gizmodo AU, June 11, 2012. "Your tweets, blogs and Facebook posts could soon be used by Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for use in weather monitoring activities as part of a new action plan to pull the government forecasting agency out of dark times.
According to a new government report into the BOM, the agency is falling apart at the seams. The somewhat troubling review released last week (PDF), highlights an agency that is pulling through by the skin of its teeth.
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Review of the Bureau of Meteorology's capacity to respond to future extreme weather and natural disaster events and to provide seasonal forecasting services - in pdf format (3955kb)
(This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). Report by Chloe Munro, December 2011. An independent report commissioned by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and presented to the Australian Government Parliamentary Secretary for
Sustainability and Urban Water. "... This Review has been commissioned to examine the capacity of the Bureau to provide these crucial services in light of the recent increase in frequency of extreme events which has been accompanied by greater demands on the Bureau for information and advice. Climate change modelling indicates the incidence and severity of extreme weather and natural disaster events may increase in the future. Climate change also means that the historical record provides less reliable guidance on the expected range of seasonal conditions, increasing the value of accurate and timely seasonal forecasting services..."