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Narrator: Water is one of our most important resources,
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we don’t just need it for drinking,
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we need it for farming, industry and to keep our countries ecosystems healthy.
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But we’ve got some big challenges with how we manage our water, from meeting competing demands from the agriculture, environmental and urban sectors,
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to the uncertainty of water resource availability and the impact of climate change.
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To meet the challenges we need reliable and timely data and information.
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In 2008 the Bureau of Metrology and CSIRO established the Water Information Research and Development Alliance,
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or WIRADA to deliver critical and accurate water information for Australia.
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This eight year, 65 million dollar research partnership combines CSIRO’s leading expertise
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in water and information sciences and the Bureaus operational role in hydrological analyses and prediction, to deliver high quality water information and tools to government, industry and all Australians.
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The science and technology breakthroughs have surpassed all expectations,
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they’ve changed the way Australia’s water managers and users operate,
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by integrating weather and hydrological observations,
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with climate, catchment and river flow modeling, along with new statistical methods and super computer.
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WIRADA created two products that accurately predicts stream flows,
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days, months and seasons ahead for major rivers across Australia.
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There are real time stimulations of landscape water fluxes and stores across Australia,
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developed by innovatively combining in situ climate and stream flow measurements, satellite observations and hydrological modelling.
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Australians now have high resolution digital elevation and river network products, while data providers have adopted data exchange standards to share, interrogate, reuse and present water data.
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The water information products and services delivered through WIRADA
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help everyone work toward a strong and sustainable future for Australia’s water.
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