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Community Impacts

Our Severe Weather Warnings

  • alert Australians to protect themselves and their property from severe weather such as tropical cyclones, thunderstorms and damaging winds
  • warn communities to prepare for and respond to the effects of flooding, including making timely evacuations
  • support the emergency services in carrying out effective emergency and disaster preparation, response and recovery.

Our Fire Weather Warnings

  • alert the community to weather conditions conducive to the spread of dangerous bushfires
  • help State and Territory fire agencies in predicting fire conditions and making decisions about total fire ban days
  • allow emergency services to pre-position personnel and equipment to minimise fire damage.

Our Marine and Ocean Services

  • support safety at sea and inform search and rescue operations
  • support business operations in offshore oil and gas, fishing and aquaculture industries
  • help fishers, boaters and water sports enthusiasts to stay safe and plan their trips on the water.

Our Aviation and Defence Forecasts and Warnings

  • facilitate safe and efficient aviation sector operations
  • inform flight planning and fuel load decisions
  • provide alerts on hazardous weather and atmospheric conditions such as volcanic ash
  • support Australia’s defence operations in Australia and overseas by delivering specialised forecasting and advisory services.

Our UV and Heatwave Forecasts

  • help Australians avoid dangerous UV exposure, to protect against skin cancer
  • help protect vulnerable Australians against heat exhaustion and heatstroke
  • alert health authorities to periods of heightened demand, to allow for implementation of heatwave management plans.

Our Climate Maps and Information

  • help Australians understand the nation’s climate patterns, climate trends and variations, and climate-related risks
  • report on rainfall deficiencies and support drought assistance programs
  • support insurance claims processes
  • support the development of climate-appropriate infrastructure.

Our Water and Environmental Information Services

  • underpin water planning, water use and efficiency and water allocations
  • guide investment in and maintenance of water infrastructure, and aid decision-making in water supply and irrigation activities
  • support the management of ecosystems.

Our Seasonal Climate Outlooks

  • help farmers make decisions about crop planting, fertiliser application, stock management, fodder and water restocking strategies
  • allow emergency managers to prepare the community ahead of bushfire and tropical cyclone seasons
  • help retailers and tourist operators to tailor their activities to seasonal variations.

Our Extreme, Temperature, Sunlight and Wind Forecasts

  • allow energy market operators to forecast power demand, particularly during heatwave conditions
  • support the renewable energy sector by informing site selection, production potential and energy output estimates from solar, wind and hydropower installations
  • support activities in the construction and transport industries.

Our Everyday Weather Forecasts

  • help Australians to plan their sporting and outdoor activities
  • help individuals and families to organise their daily commute
  • help tourism operators and event managers to optimise their activities and events, and to prepare contingencies when required.