Australias Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has announced a new research programme aimed at delivering better tropical cyclone forecasts for offshore facilities. The two-year programme will use new meteorological modelling designed to produce longer-range and more detailed tropical cyclone forecasts. It also helps predict the threat of destructive cyclone waves off the coast of Western Australia and the Northern Territory, said BoM resource sector manager, Andrew Burton. The improvements will allow oil and gas operators to make better-informed decisions when preparing their offshore infrastructure for the potential impacts of cyclones. Burton added that the research allowed BoM to paint a much clearer picture of the threat from a tropical cyclone at a particular location, three to seven days ahead of the event. Another important new capability is guidance around wave conditions associated with cyclones. Offshore operators will now have a better insight into the highest wave conditions that could be experienced at a location, allowing them to safely relocate ships or de-man facilities if required, Burton concluded. The programme is jointly funded by Shell, Woodside, Chevron and INPEX.