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Corporate entry Commonwealth Meteorology Research Centre (CMRC) (1969 - 1974)

March 1969
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Melbourne, Victoria


The Commonwealth Meteorology Research Centre (CMRC) was established in 1969 as a joint venture between the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO, to research and develop numerical prognosis and analysis systems that could be implemented operationally by the Bureau, and to research and develop atmospheric general circulation models to study atmospheric behaviour, with a particular focus on understanding climate variability in the Australian region.

The CMRC was a collaborative venture between the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO, and was located within the Bureau with access to Bureau facilities. In 1974 it underwent a name change becoming the Australian Numerical Meteorology Research Centre.

Published resources


  • Garratt, John, Angus, David and Holper, Paul, Winds of Change: Fifty Years of Achievements in the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research 1946-1996 (Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing, 1998), 136 (148) pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Gentilli, J., 'A History of Meteorological and Climatological Studies in Australia', University Studies in History, 5 (1967), 54-88. Details


  • Australian Numerical Meteorology Research Centre, CMRC/ANMRC valedictory report: 1969-1984 (Melbourne: ANMRC, 1984), 160 pp. Details


See also

  • Federation and Meteorology, 2001, Details
  • Garratt, J. R., Webb, E. K. and Mccarthy, S., 'Charles Henry Brian Priestley. 8 July 1915 - 18 May 1998', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 57 (2011), 349-78. Details
  • Garratt, J. R., Webb, E. K. and Mccarthy, S., 'Charles Henry Brian Priestley 1915-1998', Historical Records of Australian Science, 22 (2011), 126-51. Details

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