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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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Research Within the Bureau (continued)

This action allowed each team to develop further expertise in a particular area and lessened the call upon the Research and Development Branch as a whole to act as trouble-shooters. However, it did result in the remaining central core not being large enough to act effectively when called upon to examine major problems, such as the introduction of NWP into the forecasting arena. Another difficulty was the perception within the Bureau that the Research and Development staff tended to be increasingly involved in operational, as opposed to long-term, research problems within the Bureau and this, according to the then Assistant. Director Research, was probably not conducive to the scientific health of the organisation (BOM{14]).

This situation was eventually remedied with the creation of the BMRC in 1985 and the subsequent transfer of a number of Research and Development Branch staff to the new Centre. The remaining staff were officially transferred to those Branches which had most need of their talents, or to newly created Head Office Branches, designed to provide administrative and other support to BMRC.

Thus the old Research and Development Branch was finally abolished in name in 1984, to be recreated as the Research and Systems Division responsible for the overall monitoring of a number of different branches within the Bureau, amongst them the BMRC; the eventual realisation of the long-held dreams of Gibbs and Zillman.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre

People in Bright Sparcs - Gibbs, William James (Bill); Zillman, John William

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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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