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Bureau supercomputer to improve forecasting

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Media Release Andrew Broad Member for Mallee

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015



The Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, has welcomed the announcement

that the Australian Government has committed to investing in seasonal

forecasting over the next four years and that the contract for the Bureau’s

supercomputer, which will greatly improve forecast capacity, has been signed

with the computer expected to be operational by mid-2016.

“The Wimmera and Mallee are driven by agriculture and having access to

reliable seasonal weather forecasting is vital to farming productivity.

“In communication with the Minister for Environment, I have expressed my

concerns with the current forecasting which has in my opinion, let our farmers


“It is therefore gratifying to know that we will soon have a supercomputer

which should significantly improve the accuracy of the Bureau’s seasonal

forecasting, to allow for more informed decision making in regards to sowing

and irrigation.”

The Federal Government has also announced that it will commit $3.3 million

over four years, as part of the measures outlined in the Agricultural

Competiveness White Paper, to further improve the accuracy of seasonal

forecasting models.

Included in the improvements will be greatly increased resolution, going from

approximately 250 km to 60 km, which will benefit the capacity for accuracy

and for more localised forecasts.