The Australian Climate Service has been officially launched today with the aim of supporting better planning and preparedness for climate and natural hazards, and better response and recovery to disasters when they strike.
The Service’s work will be guided by recommendations in the Royal Commission on National Natural Disaster Arrangements.
The service is a partnership, made up of world leading science, information and expertise from the Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia, CSIRO and Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley, said the new service was ready to hit the ground running, supporting its customers, Emergency Management Australia and the Australian Government’s new National Recovery and Resilience Agency.
“Coordinated by the Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian Climate Service significantly strengthens Australia’s position as a world leader in anticipating and adapting to the impacts of a changing climate,” Minister Ley said.
“It will help Australia to better anticipate, manage and adapt to climate impacts by bringing together climate, natural hazard, geospatial and socioeconomic information into one connected platform.”
She said the customer-driven service brings together the expertise of the Bureau, Geoscience Australia, CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
“This service, which will expand its capability over the next four years, will help ready us for natural disasters before they happen, enabling better planning and preparation ahead of time.”
“It will also improve impact modelling and the information available to decision-makers to direct response, relief and recovery efforts during and in the aftermath of future disasters.”
Further information about the Australian Climate Service is available at https://www.acs.gov.au/