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National Climate Variability R&D Program (NCVP)

Price, R. Mr; Ph: (02) 6257 3379; Fax: (02) 6257 3420; richard.price@lwrrdc.gov.au

White, B. Dr; Ph: (07) 3371 5878; Fax: (07) 3371 5878; bjwhite@b022.aone.net.au

Program Management: Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation, GPO Box 2182, Canberra, ACT 2601

Research Coordination: AGEC Consulting, PO Box 916, Indooroopilly Qld 4068

Collaborators: The NCVP funds projects with a wide range of organisations including Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and State Government Departments.

Sponsors: The current and third phase of the program is funded by the Commonwealth Government as part of the Agriculture - Advancing Australia package. In addition, the following R&D Corporations contribute to the current phase, Land and Water Resources, Rural Industries, Grains, Sugar, Dairy and Pig.

Objectives: The NCVP funds projects to achieve the goal of working with the Australian agricultural sector to develop and implement profitable and sustainable management strategies which prepare it to respond to the major opportunities and risks arising from climate variability.

Methodology: Based on a program review and consultation with stakeholders, four areas of research focus were developed as follows:

1. Climate prediction and impacts;

2. Adaptive R & D

3. Marketing and market research

4. Extension and the value of applications.

Progress: Following a public call for applications, some twenty projects are currently being funded in the four areas of research focus.

Period: starting date 1992; completion date 2001

Status: ongoing

Keywords: climate research management; climate variability; seasonal climate forecasting; decision support models

Publications:

White, B. (1995). Beating the odds: research on weather and farmer decisions. Proceedings of the National Outlook Conference, 7-9 February 1995, Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Canberra, 2, 10-17.

White, B. (1995). The value and accuracy of climate prediction for land management. AIAS Occasional Publication: Drought Forum 1995, The Australian Institute of Agricultural Science.

Management Strategy: National Climate Variability R & D Program, 1998. LWRRDC.

Hassall & Associates Pty Ltd (1997). Review of the National Climate Variability R&D Program, LWRRDC Occasional Paper CV02/97

Managing with Climate Variability Conference Of Droughts and Flooding Rains. CV03/96, LWRRDC.

 

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