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21 Bureau of Meteorology, Hydrologic Reference Stations, http://www.bom.gov.au/water/hrs/
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23 Bureau of Meteorology, Water Data Online, http://www.bom.gov.au/waterdata/ .
frequency and duration20 that are vital for designing drains, gutters,
bridges and small dams worth millions of dollars. The estimates
were updated recently based on 30 years’ more data, 2300 extra
sites and improved statistical analyses.
Hydrologic reference stations21 provide high-quality, long-term
data on streamflow at 222 sites unaffected by development or
land use. These reveal decreasing streamflow at 35 per cent of
the sites surveyed, while just four per cent of sites (all in northern
Australia) show an increasing trend. You can also find seven-day
and seasonal streamflow forecasts22, and access streamflow data
for more than 3500 sites across Australia at Water Data Online23.
Are we prepared for another water crisis?
Since the millennium drought, Australia’s water security posture
has been considerably hardened. City water supplies have been
augmented with climate-resilient sources, and many water
conservation measures have been locked in.
In regional areas, irrigation systems have been modernised, water
trading systems have been enhanced and environmental water
reserves have been established.
Australia’s highly variable climate means that we will continue to
experience drought and flood in response to rainfall extremes. We
will face another water security crisis, and it will again be difficult
and expensive to deal with.
Australia’s new water information capability however, means that we
are now better placed than ever to understand the past, evaluate how
we are tracking, and anticipate and plan for the future.
For more information, visit www.bom.gov.au/water/
AUSTRALIA’S HIGHLY VARIABLE CLIMATE MEANS THAT WE
WILL CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE DROUGHT AND FLOOD IN
RESPONSE TO RAINFALL EXTREMES. WE WILL FACE ANOTHER
WATER SECURITY CRISIS, AND IT WILL AGAIN BE DIFFICULT
AND EXPENSIVE TO DEAL WITH.
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