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Kalgoorlie Branch – Digital Tech Talk: Weathering the Storm: Reducing Weather Related Risk and Downtime

Recording Now Available: Kalgoorlie Branch – Digital Tech Talk: Weathering the Storm: Reducing Weather Related Risk and Downtime

Viewers will gain insights into reducing weather related risk in the mining industry.

Presenter: Max Gonzalez, Head of Weather and Climate services for Weatherzone


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Digital Tech Talk Overview

By its very nature mining is exposed to the elements, and thunderstorms present a very real danger to life and assets. Within the last 15 years, the DMP has recorded 116 incidents at Western Australian mines alone. Weatherzone has worked closely with the mining industry over the past decade, taking the guesswork out of decision making when thunderstorms threaten. Through a combination of advanced technology, science and education, mines across the country are now able to operate efficiently and above all safely.



Max Gonzalez is currently Head of Weather and Climate services for Weatherzone, a position he has held for the past 5 years. He leads the operational meteorologists to deliver accurate, timely and effective meteorological services to Weatherzone’s wide range of clients. Management role aside, Max is in charge of delivering the medium-to-long term outlooks to Weatherzone clients, including the onset of the north Australian wet season/monsoon and the tropical cyclone outlooks to most mining companies in northern WA and the NT.

After five years in academia, three years with the Bureau of Meteorology and seven at Weatherzone, Max has developed a strong knowledge of the weather and climate drivers affecting the southern hemisphere. Over this time, He has actively engaged stakeholders from a wide range of organisations and industries in order to learn more about their specific needs. This includes stakeholders from federal and state agencies, primary industries, emergency services and stakeholders from the mining, insurance, energy, utilities, building and transport sectors.

As an active member of the Education and Outreach committee of The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS), Max has a passion for making weather and climate science accessible to the wider community by educating diverse stakeholder in the fundamentals of climate, climate drivers and the effects of weather on our great southern land.

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