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Far from bore-ing: What is groundwater?

Far from bore-ing: What is groundwater?

Over time, water from rain and rivers migrates through the ground and is stored in porous soils and rocks forming aquifers—which we refer to as groundwater. Across Australia, vast quantities of groundwater fill the spaces between grains of soil or rock, and flows slowly. In fact, an aquifer is more like a...

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Ask BOM: How is temperature measured?

Ask BOM: How is temperature measured?

To take temperature measurements, thermometers are placed inside instrument enclosures known as a Stevenson screen. A Stevenson screen is basically a box with louvres that allow air to circulate around the thermometer inside while protecting it from outside elements like rain and direct sunlight. The outside is...

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A global science

A global science

Meteorology is a global science, and monitoring and predicting the state of the atmosphere requires participation in international systems that collect and exchange global environmental information. International cooperation is critical to the delivery of the Bureau services so valued by Australians. It ensures...

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Surging ahead: careers in water

Surging ahead: careers in water

With the 2016 World Water Day theme ‘water and jobs’, we’re highlighting a couple of Bureau staff to see how their work is making a difference to Australian communities and industries. There’s a lot more to the Bureau than just meteorology—while we’ve retained a strong focus on...

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Leading the way towards gender parity

Leading the way towards gender parity

Ahead of International Women’s Day, we spoke to the Bureau’s five Deputy Directors (division heads) about challenges and pathways to gender parity. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women, but highlights the continuing need for...

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