26 March 2014
As an extension of the strong strategic relationship with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the successful Met Office Weather Observation Website (WOW) is now being implemented in Australia
The Australian version of the WOW site is aimed at all sorts of Australian users providing a range of different facilities for "citizen weather observers". People can submit weather related photos and manual and automatic weather observations, as well as being able to upload weather impact information such as flooding or wind damage.
This is the first time we have collaborated internationally to produce a variant of WOW designed specifically for use in another country. It is likely that more collaborations with other weather services and organisations will follow.
David Gooding from BoM said, "The Bureau immediately saw the benefits of collaborating with the Met Office on WOW. It's a well-thought out and designed system built on robust technology with modern mapping tools and adequate metadata to describe the source and its quality. We share the Met Office's vision that our hard work can now provide a template for other countries to effortlessly join the WOW partnership so the sharing of public weather information can take a global form."
Photo taken at Warrumbungle National Park by Alice Baker and James Gilbert.