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History of Research in the Bureau of Meteorology




Chapter 1: Germination and Growth

Chapter 2: Struggle, Competition and Emergence
The Struggle for Recognition
International Involvement
Local Cooperation
The Bureau Goes Solo

Appendix 1: Meteorology Act 1906

Appendix 2: Meteorology Act 1955

Appendix 3: Simpson Report

Appendix 4: Survey Questionnaire

Appendix 5: Bibliography



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Australian Numerical Meteorology Research Centre

Not only did new agreement alter the Centre's administrative arrangements, but it also changed the name to the Australian Numerical Meteorology Research Centre (Clarke [22]), so as to better reflect the nature of the work undertaken by the Centre. As it so happened, this was also in line with the Whitlam Government's desire to dispense with the term Commonwealth under its new administrative arrangements. Whilst it took some time to finalise the new management procedures, the research work continued unhindered. From the point of view of Bureau management however, there were increasing problems arising from the Centre's independence from its control. Matters were not helped by the perception of the Bureau's management team that, whilst the Centre may have been given the authority to carry out work on numerical modelling, the Bureau still had its own responsibility to apply the results of such research to its forecasting role, through the work of both its Analysis Section and the Research and Development Branch. This concern was heightened by recent flooding in parts of South-Eastern Australia and the damage caused by tropical cyclones Althea and Tracy.

Two questions were being asked concerning the application of ANMRC's results practice of everyday forecasting within the Bureau. Should this be done on the basis of personal interaction between staff of the two organisations? Or, should it take place in a more formal manner, through the medium of the published paper?

In the end, a Joint Working Party was established to provide the means of communication between staff of the two groups on such topics of mutual interest as, NWP and tropical research. But this proved to be less than satisfactory, at least from the Bureau's point of view, as they were less than impressed by the relationship between the Joint Working Party and themselves and the remainder of the Bureau (Noar [62]).

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Australian Numerical Meteorology Research Centre

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Gardner, J. 1997 'Stormy Weather: A History of Research in the Bureau of Meteorology', Metarch Papers, No. 11 December 1997, Bureau of Meteorology

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