Researchers analysed the onset, decline and duration of the northern Australian wet season.
The project did not deliver on all objectives, which in hindsight were too ambitious.
There is limited applicability of improved seasonal forecasting techniques to the forestry industry due to the long lead time required for forecasts to be of use.
Project workshops and extension were a good precursor for many producers attending the Masters of the Climate workshops.
Final report included maps of driver influence, case studies of synoptic decomposition (SE and SW Australia) an explanation of climate anomalies (2006), and an excellent assessment of future research directions.
Project objectives were to integrate prediction of NRM implications of crop management decisions into the Yield Prophet system.
Yield Prophet functionality now links to POAMA, includes growth phases, and covers additional cereals.
The project developed a strategic framework for science investment in northern Australia in seasonal forecasting and applications.
The team developed an interactive map of climate drivers, plots of rainfall ranges and an ENSO wrap-up – all available on WATL.
Farmers and advisers from dryland grains and mixed farming regions in Victoria [Wimmera], South Australia [Eyre Peninsula] and Western Australia [North East Agricultural Region] have a better understanding of the impacts of climate change and variability on their businesses and the opportunities in the years ahead, thanks to the collaborative project, Communicating Climate Change.