WHEN

10 March 2022, at 12pm (AEDT)

 

WHERE

Link sent upon registration

 

CONTACT

Claire Boyle
[email protected]

Are you thinking about preparing for your future on the land? Or are you interested in what is happening in the farming sector?

A Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) workshop, in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology, will take place on 10 March at 12PM. This event is an opportunity to represent your community and have a say in designing climate services that will help Australian farms and communities prepare for the future.

The Future Drought Fund’s CSA program aims to support the Australian agricultural sector and regional communities to build resilience to future drought and climate risks. The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO are developing this tool to help farmers anticipate what future climate in their region might look like, how it could impact production of key commodities and what can be done to prepare.

They have developed the tool so far with input from farmers in a number of pilot regions – and want to continue the conversation to make sure the tool is practical and can make a real difference.

Lynette (Bureau of Meteorology) will be presenting the seasonal outlook features of the Climate Services for Agriculture tool, whilst Carly (CSIRO) will be presenting the past and future climate projections.

In this workshop you’ll have an opportunity to hear directly from representatives of the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, who will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to your ideas about the development of these new services.

We want your help to make sure the CSA initiative meets your needs. Please consider signing up to take part by sending an email to [email protected]

Please note, this event is aimed at farmers and for the Bureau to collect farmer feedback. If you are not a farmer, please refrain from asking questions in the session.

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Speakers

Dr Lynette Bettio

Lynette is a Senior Climatologist in Climate Services at the Bureau of Meteorology and has a PhD in climate science. The Climate Services section is responsible for the preparation and analysis of Australia’s climate record and provides capability for outlooks, predictions and projections. This includes the provision of routine and ad hoc information on recent climate, long term records, seasonal outlooks and long-term projections. Lynette examines and communicates on changes to Australia’s climate including long-term trends in rainfall and temperature and the interaction with extreme events. Another focus is drought across Australia and how the Bureau can best communicate and inform around this. Lynette also works on the Climate Services for Agriculture project and enjoys talking to users of climate information on how the service can best answer their needs.

Dr Carly Tozer

Carly is a CSIRO research scientist in oceans and atmosphere. She has previously worked for Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC and completed her PhD in hydroclimatology from the University of Newcastle. Her research has focused on the identification of global and local-scale atmospheric and oceanic processes, including those stemming from the Southern Ocean, that drive hydroclimatic variability in Australia.

Carly is a research scientist within the Climate Services for Agriculture project.

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More information

Fast facts:

What is the Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) Platform?

  • The CSA platform provides farmers with historical climate data, seasonal forecasts, and future climate projections at a 5km2 resolution across the country.
  • Climate information for cattle, wheat, sheep, almonds, apples, barley, canola, and lupins is now available.
  • This means that farmers can easily assess how the climate variables that matter to their business could change in the future. For example:
    • A wheat producer can see how the timing and intensity of seasonal rainfall in their region might change, how that could impact the way they farm, and whether they need to think about making changes.
    • An apple farmer in Stanthorpe can see if the risk of sun damage to their crop is expected to change in future.
  • Future updates will provide information on adaptation options so farmers can consider ways to improve their climate resilience.

Where are the pilot regions?

There are 8 pilot regions:

  • Queensland Dry Tropics – including Townsville, Charters Towers and Bowen.
  • Condamine and the Northern Tablelands – including Toowoomba and Armidale.
  • Victorian Mallee and south-east South Australia – including Mildura, and Horsham.
  • Western Australian Wheatbelt – including Northam and Narrogin.
  • Tropical North – including Cairns, Darwin, Katherine, and Kununurra.
  • Central West New South Wales – including Dubbo, Parkes, and West Wyalong.
  • Riverina and Goulburn-Murray – including Shepparton and Griffith.
  • Gippsland and Northern Tasmania – including Bairnsdale, Sale, and Launceston.

Why have those regions been selected?

Regions have been selected in order to pick up a wide diversity of climatic regions and commodities.

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