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Technical Advisory Forum releases climate report

The Technical Advisory Forum has delivered its third and final report on the operation of the Australian Climate Observations Reference Network – Surface Air Temperature (ACORN-SAT) dataset.

The Forum once again found the dataset to be well maintained and an important source of information on Australian climate records.

The Forum has again noted the importance of adjusting data through the process of homogenisation to maintain a meaningful and consistent set of temperature records over time. It is necessary to remove influences from changes in site location, instruments or observing practices or other non-climate factors.

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The Forum was set up for a three-year term to further enhance the quality and value of the ACORN-SAT dataset. The Forum was a recommendation of an independent peer review in 2011 which noted that the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s practices are among the best in the world. The final report of the Technical Advisory Forum can be viewed here www.bom.gov.au/climate/change/acorn-sat/documents/2017_TAF_Report.pdf

In a statement the Bureau says it is “committed to ensuring its practices remain among the best in the world.”

The Bureau is planning to commission a new independent panel to provide ongoing, independent oversight of the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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