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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 Bureau Goes Solo

Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre

Priestley's report led the Bureau to negotiate a new agreement with CSIRO over the division of research responsibilities between the two organisations. This was expressed as follows (ANMRC [4]):
  • The Bureau of Meteorology, as the national meteorological service for Australia, will have primary responsibility for research in support of its own operations and services, including research directed to the broad delineation of the characteristics of Australian weather and climate and for liaison with the WMO in relation to relevant research in Australia.

  • CSIRO'S primary role will be to carry out research into physical and chemical aspects of atmospheric processes and phenomena, especially basic aspects and those related to environmental and industrial problems, and to community needs, bearing in mind the role of the Bureau.

At the same time, work was done on the formation of a new research structure within the Bureau, the heart of which was to be the BMRC. In yet another victory, under the new Public Service guidelines, whereby the Bureau of Mineral Resources had already gained a number of research scientist positions, the existing research scientist positions within ANMRC were transferred to the Bureau, together with two additional positions which came with a former CSIRO program taken over by the Bureau under the new agreement. The creation of the position of head of BMRC, at a level similar to that of a CSIRO Chief of Division, involved the abolition of one of the Bureau's Assistant Director positions (BOM [15]).

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Bureau of 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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