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Stern H (2007) Indigenous weather knowledge website. Insite Magazine (Museums Australia - Victoria), May -June 2007, p 4.

The livelihood and well-being of Indigenous Australians is traditionally dependent on weather conditions and thus they have developed a sophisticated understanding of local surroundings to interpret climate signs from nature. This knowledge and understanding has been translated into seasonal calendars to reflect the changes in the natural environment and the impact upon the lives of Indigenous communities. The calendars recognise the complexity of weather across Australia and are finely tuned to local conditions and natural events. Permission is always obtained from the appropriate communitiy Elders before any seasonal calendar information is included on the website. Those involved in the project include the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Monash University's Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies and the School of Geography and Environmental Science, the (then) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), Indigenous university students and Indigenous communities.

To access the website go to http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk. The website is a 'work-in-progress' and, as such, is being developed progressively to include additional seasonal calendars. The Bureau of Meteorology is dedicated to expanding understanding of all aspects of weather and climate and their impact on the environment. It is in this context that our interest in Indigenous weather knowledge resides.

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