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For an outlay of $14,800,000 on meteorology in

1968/69 there seemed little doubt that Australia received

in return about $360 milliongthe Minister for the Interior,

Mr Peter Nixon,said today.

Australia benefited more than other

countries from meteorological services because of its stage

of development and the Consider . able importance of agricultui he said.

Mr Nixon was releasing the first annual report of the C ommonwealth Bureau of Meteorology,

It says that its ecpa.nded service to offshore

oil drilling rigs is saving exploration many thousands of

dollars.Many of the rigs---costing up to $20,000 a day to

operate--are vulnerable to excessive wave and swell condltjc

and very, high Winds

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Ober points from tie report include.-

SERVING-AUSTRALIANS GENERALLY THE BUREAU ISSUED APPROXIMATELY 250,000 PUBLIC.WEATHER FORECASTS STOP THERE WERE ABOUT 650,000 . AVIATION FORECASTS AND 5299 SPECIAL WEATHER WARNINGS FROST, t.. .: » - SMALL CRAFT, ROAD ALERT, :•. BUSH .FIRE,-.CYCLONE, GALE, FLOOD, AND OTHER .ALERTS STOP •

THE BUREAU HAS A PERMANENT` STAFF OF 1530, WITH TH 8400 -PART TIME AND

VOLUNTEER OBSERVERS STOP

;DURING THE YEAR THE $3,500,000 COMPUTER COMPLEX IN MELBOURNE WAS COMPLETED AND ORDERS WERE PLACED FOR 12 ADDITIONAL WEATHER RADARS AT A TOTAL. COST OF ABOUT $2,000,000 STOP

RESEARCH PROJECTS INCLUDED INVESTIGATION OF THE LINKS BETWEEN ASTHMA AND WEATHER, A BASS STRAIT WIND AND WAVE ANALYSIS, AND A STUDY OF CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE RELEVANT TO THE FLIGHT OF SUPERSONIC

AIRLINERS STOP

THE BUREAU HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY INTERESTED IN AIR POLLUTION AND PROVIDES CONSULTATIVE SERVICES TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON AIR POLLUTION STOP

A MAJOR RESEARCH ADVANCE WAS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH METEOROLOGY RESEARCH CENTRE IN MELBOURNE STOP

THIS JOINT VENTURE BY THE BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY AND CSIRO'S DIVISION OF METEOROLOGICAL PHYSICS WILL STUDY THE DETAILED STRUCTURE

OF THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE WAY IN WHICH IT CHANGES TO AFFECT COMPLEX WEATHER PAREEE PATTERSEEEE COMPLEX WEATHER PATTERNS AT SURFACE LEVEL STOP

INTERNATIONALLY THE GOVERNMENT AGREED TO DONATE A TOTAL OF $150,'000 OVER THREE YEARS FOR IMPROVING METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES STOP •

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THE BUREAU CONTINUED TO WORK TOWARDS THE :1972 TARGET OF A DAILY S

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GLOBAL EXCHANGE OF WEATHER DATA — AN INTERNATIONAL VENTURE ORGANISED BY THE WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION, A SPECIALISED AGENCY OF THE UNITED NATIONS STOP

ONE OF THE THREE WORLD METEOROLOGICAL CENTRES WHICH WILL PROCESS AND EXCHANGE THIS DATA IS MELBOURNE STOP