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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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International Antarctic Meteorological Research Centre

With the disbanding of the IAAC, its analysis functions were transferred to the Southern Hemisphere Analysis Centre, within the WMC. The research capabilities went to the newly created IAMRC, which operated under the Bureau's auspices as had the IAAC (BOM [7]). These provided for the Director of Meteorology to be the Chair and Executive Officer of a Joint Working Party, comprising himself and two members of the AAS (one of whom was Priestley), who were responsible for overseeing the work and management of the Centre and reporting on these matters to the Academy (IAMRC [42]). Lack of international support and the formation of the CMRC finally led to the closure of IAMRC in 1969, much to the Bureau's regret.

Continuing Involvement

Many senior Bureau staff have served over the years as members of various technical committees and working groups established by the WMO to ensure the scientific credibility of meteorology through the adoption of sound observational and forecasting practices by its members. These working groups were also responsible for the planning and operation of the experiments undertaken by WMO, alone or in conjunction with the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) under the umbrella of the Global Atmosphere Research Programme (GARP), and its successor, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). Most notable amongst these experiments were the 1974 GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment, and the Global Weather Experiment held in 1979 (WMQ [90]).

The Bureau was joint convenor, with the AAS National Committee for Atmospheric Sciences, of the Australian Committee for the WCRP, which as its name suggests was responsible for the coordination of Australian WCRP activities. Committee members included scientists from the Bureau, CSIRO and those universities carrying out such research (BOM/AAS [3]). This Committee has now been superseded by the National Committee for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (BOM [18]).

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - International Antarctic Meteorological Research Centre; Southern Hemisphere Analysis Centre

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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