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Managing Climate Variability

2005 - 2014

The Managing Climate Variability Program has been helping Australian farmers to manage climate risk on-the-ground for over a decade, providing them with practical tools to incorporate weather and climate information into farm business decisions. The current phase of Managing Climate Variability - Phase II - runs to 2012.

The program builds on more than a decade of climate research by its predecessor, the Climate Variability in Agriculture Program (CVAP), established under the National Drought Policy in 1992 and extended under the Advancing Australian Agriculture (AAA) initiative in 1998.


To help farmers and natural resource managers manage risks and exploit opportunities given Australia’s variable and changing climate by:

  1. improving forecasting accuracy, lead-time and ease of use
  2. providing tools and services for managing climate risk
  3. increasing adoption of climate risk management


The Managing Climate Variability Research and Development Strategy focuses on investments which increase forecasting accuracy, builds the predictive capability of key attributes such as soil moisture, and develop tools which translate climate forecasts and resource attributes into decision support tools for primary producers and natural resource managers.

Read Managing Climate Variability Research and Development Strategy, 2008-2014

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id: 3424 / created: 27 May, 2009 / last updated: 07 October, 2009