Applications of Seasonal Climate Forecasting in Agricultural and Natural Ecosystems

  • G. L. Hammer
  • N. Nicholls
  • C. Mitchell

Part of the Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library book series (ATSL, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

  3. Seasonal Climate Forecasting

    1. Neville Nicholls, Carsten Frederiksen, Richard Kleeman
      Pages 109-119
    2. Bryson Bates, Stephen Charles, James Hughes
      Pages 121-134
    3. Roger Stone, Ian Smith, Peter Mcintosh
      Pages 135-147
  4. Farm Scale Agricultural Decisions

    1. Peter Carberry, Graeme Hammer, Holger Meinke, Michael Bange
      Pages 167-181
    2. Graeme Hammer, Peter Carberry, Roger Stone
      Pages 183-195
    3. Peter Johnston, Greg Mckeon, Rosemary Buxton, David Cobon, Ken Day, Wayne Hall et al.
      Pages 197-226
    4. Greg McKeon, Andrew Ash, Wayne Hall, Mark Stafford Smith
      Pages 227-252
    5. Andrew Ash, Peter O’Reagain, Greg Mckeon, Mark Stafford Smith
      Pages 253-270
    6. Jeff Clewett, Neil Cliffe, Lynda Drosdowsky, David George, Damien O’Sullivan, Col Paull et al.
      Pages 291-307
  5. Regional and National Scale Agricultural Decisions

    1. J. O. Carter, W. B. Hall, K. D. Brook, G. M. McKeon, K. A. Day, C. J. Paull
      Pages 329-349
    2. David Stephens, David Butler, Graeme Hammer
      Pages 351-366
    3. Scott Chapman, Robert Imray, Graeme Hammer
      Pages 367-380
  6. Natural Systems

  7. Synthesis

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 463-471

About this book


Climate variability has major impacts in many parts of the world, including Australia. Developments in understanding of the El Niño - Southern Oscillation Phenomenon have introduced some skill in seasonal to inter-annual climate forecasting. Can this skill be harnessed to advantage? Or do we just continue to observe these impacts? How does a decision-maker managing an agricultural or natural ecosystem modify decisions in response to a skillful, but imprecise, seasonal climate forecast? Using Australian experience as a basis, this book focuses on these questions in pursuing means to better manage climate risks. The state of the science in climate forecasting is reviewed before considering detailed examples of applications to:
  1. farm scale agricultural decisions (such as management of cropping and grazing systems);
  2. regional and national scale agricultural decisions (such as commodity trading and government policy); and
  3. natural systems (such as water resources, pests and diseases, and natural fauna).
Many of the examples highlight the participatory and inter-disciplinary approach required among decision-makers, resource systems scientists/analysts, and climate scientists to bring about the effective applications. The experiences discussed provide valuable insights beyond the geographical and disciplinary focus of this book. The book is ideally suited to professionals and postgraduate students in ecology, agricultural climatology, environmental planning, and climate science.


Climatology Ecology Fauna Scale Southern Oscillation development ecosystem ecosystems environment

Editors and affiliations

  • G. L. Hammer
    • 1
  • N. Nicholls
    • 2
  • C. Mitchell
    • 3
  1. 1.Queensland Department of Primary IndustriesToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.Bureau of Meteorology Research CentreMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.CSIRO Division of Atmospheric ResearchMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5443-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9351-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1383-8601
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