The Bureau of Meteorology developed national 7-day and seasonal streamflow forecasting services for Australia, as part of the implementation of Water Act 2007. The services cover most of the high-value water resources catchments and have more than 200 forecast locations each. The services are semi-automated and updated each day and on the first week of the month for 7-day and seasonal forecasting respectively. Forecast data are available in the websites and the user community can download it for further application and decision making.
Receive up-to-date knowledge of national water forecasting services – 7-day and seasonal; learn how the service could benefit the user community, and gain an insight on future developments and applications.
Prasantha Hapuarachchi: Senior Hydrologist, Bureau of Meteorology
Dr Prasantha Hapuarachchi is a senior hydrologist at the Bureau of Meteorology with over 20 years of experience in hydrology and water resources applications, post-processing techniques, statistical modelling, and forecast system development in Sri Lanka, China, Japan, and Australia. He provided the technical leadership for the development of the national 7-day ensemble streamflow forecasting service for Australia. He has published his research in key journals/conferences and is a member of several professional organizations.
Dr Paul Feikema: Team Leader – Water Forecasting, Bureau of Meteorology
Paul is an experienced hydrologist and modeller with 22 years’ experience in university and operational roles in areas of forest hydrology, water forecasting, and stakeholder engagement. He has undertaken process-based modelling to investigate effects of wildfires and changes in climate on the hydrology of forested catchments, where he has published widely. He now manages the team responsible for delivering and developing operational 7-day and seasonal streamflow forecast services for Australia.
Brett Stinton - Hydrology and Water Resources Chair
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