Rural R & D Forewarned is forearmed: managing the impacts of extreme climate events
Sugarcane growers operate in one of the most variable climates in the world. The aim of this cross sectoral project is to develop and deliver forecasts of the likelihood of climate extremes on multi-week and seasonal timescales — beyond the current 7-day weather forecast. The products will be focused on heat, cold and rainfall extremes, for example, "What is the likelihood of having a decile 10 rainfall this spring?"; "What is the chance of having a heatwave in the week after next?"; "What is the chance that the upcoming month will be extremely hot?"; "What is the likelihood of having more heavy rainfall events than usual in the upcoming fortnight?". This will provide farmers with the first ever forecasts of climate extremes in the weeks to seasons ahead.
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