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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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The Committee of Inquiry into the Bureau of Meteorology (continued)

It is obvious from these arguments that Gibbs had not relinquished his dream of providing the Bureau with a proper scientific foundation on which to build a more effective forecasting system. Clearly, this was a dream which had captured the imagination of many of his senior staff (Gibbs [33]).

In August 1976 the government decided to hasten the review process by establishing an ad hoc Committee of Inquiry into the Bureau of Meteorology. Chaired by Phillip Howson OBE, this Committee was to report[39] and make recommendations on a number of matters, including:

  • the objectives of the Bureau of Meteorology and the relevance, to present and future requirements of Australia, of the functions of the Bureau as set out in the Meteorology Act 1955;

  • the extent to which the current activities and the emphasis given those activities accord with the objectives recommended for the Bureau; and

  • the relationship of the Bureau with other government agencies, and with institutions involved in related scientific work.

The Committee took little more than three months to complete its task. This was despite the fact that there had been some 300 responses to the earlier Green Paper. In its report[39], the Committee expressed surprise in discovering that there were four organisations, the Bureau, CSIRO'S Divisions of Atmospheric Physics and Cloud Physics, and ANMRC undertaking major meteorological research on behalf of the Commonwealth Government. It recommended that the ANMRC be brought back into the Bureau at the expiry of the existing agreement, with its work on numerical modelling being taken up by Bureau staff, if this was still considered relevant at the time.

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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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