Traditional Knowledge and Weather

May 2, 2007 • Philip BurgessBlog

It is not only EALAT that is cooperating with national weather authorities. In a similar development, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website has been set up to promote indigenous weather knowledge alongside modern science, including a seasonal weather forecast compiled from the traditional knowledge. There are four other indigenous seasonal calendars from the Australian Northern Territory on the website. It is part of an indigenous weather project launched in 2003 by the bureau, in collaboration with Monash University and the now defunct Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. Debate about climate change has changed too – recent research shows that IPCC estimates underestimated the pace of sea ice loss in the Arctic.

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