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Ausinnovate Dr Rob Vertessy Bureau Of Meteorology Ausinnovate Dr Rob Vertessy Bureau Of Meteorology Presentation Transcript

  • Measuring up to improve water management in Australia: How the National Broadband Network can help CeBIT Ausinnovate Conference, Sydney Dr Rob Vertessy 24 May, 2010
  • “Finite, vital, much wanted but little understood, water looks unmanageable. But it needn’t be … ”
  • How low did we go? System Storage (% of capacity) Current values Current values Lowest values Lowest values
  • Why invest in water information?
  • Diverse data are needed to understand our water resources
  • Navigating the water information jungle • Lots of players • Fragmentation within organisations • Lack of standard data formats • General absence of metadata • Poor geocoding of sites • Immature data supply systems • Data quality unclear • Varied data licenses
  • Our new water information mandate. • 10-year Australian Government program began July 2007 • $450m funding – 130 new staff + systems + research and development – Administered funding support for data providers • Legislative backing – Water Act 2007 – Water Regulations 2008
  • Our new water functions 1. Set standards for water data. 2. Collect primary information from water data holders and build a national repository. 3. Provide a range of value-added water information products and services for the nation. 4. Assist water data collecting agencies to modernise their observing systems. 5. Invest in water information research and development
  • Administrative boundaries •Water planning areas, councils, supply schemes, g/w areas National hydrofeatures •Rivers, lakes, wetlands, reservoirs, aquifers Catchment reporting units •Basins, catchments, sub-catchments Place and feature names Land cover, soils, hydrogeology Monitoring points •Flow and rain gauges, water meters, climate stations, bores Water infrastructure •Supply and drainage channels, pipes, plants, storages Satellite and Airborne Orthoimagery National Digital Elevation Data
  • All Australian public storages > 1 GL
  • How the NBN can help • A trunk for a national environmental monitoring telemetry network • Enhances the delivery of powerful environmental information to the household
  • Components of the Bureau’s Observation System
  • 6753 sites @ May 2010 43% telemetered
  • Open sites - all parameters 50000 49268 with telemetry 0.3% without telemetry 40000 number of sites 30000 19205 0.7% 20000 6753 7582 43% 16% 3334 10000 52% 459 48% 0 level or flow pressure meteorological water quality water quality storages level or groundwater surface water
  • 2.5 Bureau web site hits (Billions per month) 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5
  • Forecast Explorer
  • Thanks for listening Visit Rob Vertessy +61 2 6232 3501