The federal government’s new service dedicated to sourcing and providing agencies with detailed climate and disaster information has officially gone live.
The Australian Climate Service is a partnership between the Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia, the CSIRO, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and was announced in May.
Environment minister Sussan Ley said the new service was ready to support Emergency Management Australia and the new National Recovery and Resilience Agency.
“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 on Thursday.
“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.”
The service is among a number of measures introduced to help Australia prepare for natural disasters and adapt to the changing climate following the release of the final report from the royal commission into natural disaster arrangements last October.
The creation of a national climate service capability was recommended in a 2019 report by the National Climate Science Advisory Committee.