Advance warning of extreme weather events 

High quality, cutting-edge research requires advanced, computational and data-intensive methods and infrastructure. The NCRIS-funded National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), launched in 2007, gives Australian researchers this capacity.


NCI, with CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, has improved the weather and climate model for Australia (ACCESS) which provides information on weather forecasts, tropical cyclones, fire weather forecasting, flood warnings and climate information. Investment in ACCESS is already paying off. It is now possible to forecast the weather three days ahead with the same level of accuracy as for two-day forecasts previously.

Improved forecasting of tropical cyclone tracks allows for better planning of emergency events and decision making. Predicting the path of tropical cyclone Yasi in 2011 allowed communities, industry and emergency management agencies to make decisions and plan several days ahead of the event.

NCI has also worked with researchers to provide geological modelling and a virtual astronomical observatory, as well as a simulation of blood flow around the human body.