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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Australia's climate revealed

Media release
PG /338
17 September 2009

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Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett today launched the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest book; Climate of Australia.

“Australians have always been interested in weather and climate, and this book is an essential resource for anyone interested in or seeking information on Australia’s climate,” said Mr Garrett.

“With the recent history of severe weather events, and our changing climate, our attention has been strongly focused on the importance of monitoring and understanding the trends, patterns and extremes of Australia’s climate.”

This new book presents a summary of the main climatic influences across the country, how they have shaped the landscape, and how they determine to a large extent the way we live within our own particular corner of this vast island continent and its surrounds.

Jam packed with maps, illustrations, and other images; an outline of Australia’s climate down the ages is followed by sections on climate influences, climate elements, and extreme weather events – such as the Federation drought, tropical cyclone Tracy and the Canberra bushfires.

“Whether your quest is for authoritative climate data for a school project, or a community environmental program, the new-look Climate of Australia, with greatly expanded descriptive material, and is a rich source of information,” Mr Garrett said.

A bonus is the site-specific information for many Australian towns and regions on the accompanying CD-ROM.

Climate of Australia is available through all good bookstores.

Technical notes: 224 pages, illustrated with 103 climate maps, 96 graphs and diagrams, 48 photographs and 35 other images. CD-ROM also contains a further 187 climate maps and around 1050 climate data tables.

Selected images from the book are available for download at: 

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