Australian CliMate - Climate Tools for Decision Makers

  

Keywords: Strategic cropping tool; Linear programming model; decision support system; El Nino southern oscillation; Software development

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Summary

CliMate is a suite of climate analysis tools delivered on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The App allows you to interrogate climate records (over the last 60 yrs) to ask a number of questions relating to rainfall, temperature, radiation, as well as derived variables such as heat sums, soil water and soil nitrate. CliMate also provides information on seasonal based on El Nino Southern Oscillation patterns. It is designed for decision makers who use past weather statistics, forecasts and knowledge of system status (e.g. soil water, heat sum) to better manage their business.

CliMate has a number of analyses structured around the following questions:

How often? What is the chance of a sowing event based on amount of rainfall over 5 days? How often is a heat sum achieved in a set period of time? What is the probability of temperature being below a critical level for germination or flowering? more info...

How hot-cold? When determining an ideal sowing date, when are heat and cold stresses lowest for the optimum flowing time? more info...

Season’s progress? When adjusting inputs during a crop or pasture season, how does the current season compare with previous conditions in terms of rainfall, temperature, heat sum or radiation? more info...

How wet? N? How much water and nitrate have I stored over the fallow? This may help me adjust inputs to better match yield expectations. more info...

How likely? Based on current ENSO conditions, what is the probability that rainfall or temperature is greater than or less than key thresholds (e.g. terciles, median) and how reliable have these forecasts been in the past? more info...

How’s El Nino? What is the current ENSO status based on key atmospheric and oceanic indicators? What is the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s interpretation of this? more info...

How’s the Past? Presents views of monthly and annual rainfall and temperature summaries to allow you to explore relationships and patterns. more info...

 
 
  • Target Audience Australian CliMate is developed for decision makers whose business decisions are dependent on the weather.
  • Outputs It contains analyses and statistics targeting rainfall, temperature, solar radiation and derived variables such as soil-water and soil-nitrate.
  • Current Version Two versions exist. The current iOS version is 1.03.