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Hydrological services expanded

A new service that will support Murray–Darling Basin communities to better manage water resources, the Australian Water Outlook (AWO) has been launched by the Bureau of Meteorology.
Published: 22 December 2021

The AWO will support decision making with:

  • more outlooks at differing timescales
  • details of the extent of dry landscape conditions (due to hydrological drought) in space and time, the potential for dry landscapes over coming months, and the likelihood of dry landscapes at time periods out to the end of the century
  • hydrological projections (for rainfall, root zone soil moisture and evapotranspiration) out to the end of the century for greater awareness and understanding of plausible impacts of 2 greenhouse gas emission scenarios
  • forecast hydroclimate information (root zone soil moisture, evapotranspiration, and runoff) for timely, up-to-date information on the likely occurrence of significant events such as floods and droughts
  • historical landscape water balance information for planning and assessment of water resources.

The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing to expand its hydroclimate services. In 2022 communities can expect access to maps, data and application programming interfaces associated with the AWO via the Australian Water Data Services.

A screen shot of the Australian Water Outlook website
The Australian Water Outlook is providing Basin communities with access to improved climate information and projections for water management planning.

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