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Enhancing the weather: governance of weather modification activities in Australia


Simon, MA and Brent, K and McDonald, J and McGee, J, Enhancing the weather: governance of weather modification activities in Australia, Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 37, (6) pp. 698-719. ISSN 0813-300X (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Weather modification by cloud seeding refers to technologies intended to manipulate the weather at a local scale. Over the last 70 years, Australia has played a leading role in cloud seeding research and development. Australian States have developed frameworks to promote opportunities and manage risks from cloud seeding. Weather modification governance was studied in the United States context, but there has been little consideration to date for Australian frameworks. This article provides a contemporary analysis of the weather modification governance in Australia and assesses the extent to which legal and policy frameworks meet future governance challenges. We analyse the cloud seeding experience in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania, and identify common features in their governance arrangements. We then point out gaps in current regulatory frameworks and call for a reconsideration of cloud seeding governance in Australia.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:weather modification, law, australia, governance
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Simon, MA (Miss Manon Simon)
UTAS Author:McDonald, J (Professor Jan McDonald)
UTAS Author:McGee, J (Associate Professor Jeffrey McGee)
ID Code:141651
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2020-11-06
Last Modified:2021-04-29
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