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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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Retrospect (continued)

Following the closure of the Seasonal Forecasting Unit at the University of Melbourne, its Department of Meteorology has slowly declined to the point where only a handful of people are still involved in its global modelling program. However, other universities have filled the breach, with Monash, Flinders and the University of Tasmania undertaking major research into various atmospheric processes either singly or in collaboration with other groups working in this field, both in Australia and overseas.

Perhaps physicists have finally come to share Bill Priestley's perception of meteorology as a "challenging and interesting subject" worthy of being well taught at school and university (WMO [91]) and not one to be dismissed lightly as Kohlrausch did in his earlier quote. Certainly, Bureau forecasters can point to any number of situations which reveal how little is known about weather patterns and the workings of the atmosphere as these affect particular locations. Clearly, there is a great deal of work to be done yet before we can claim a better understanding of the science of meteorology. It is the Bureau's firm intention to play an important part in this endeavour well into the next century. Let us hope that it is indeed allowed to do so.

People in Bright Sparcs - Priestley, Charles Henry Brian (Bill)

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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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