Global expert offers free Sunshine Coast climate workshop

06 June 2017

Agricultural industries in the Sunshine Coast area will have the rare opportunity to explore the latest climate forecasting information with leading climatologist, Professor Roger Stone from the University of Southern Queensland, at a free workshop on June 13th at the Rural Futures Centre in Pomona.

Roger Stone has worked in meteorological and climatological research globally for over 30 years, particularly in modelling climate systems to agricultural production and water resource management. 

He will provide information on El Nino and La Nina, the SOI (Southern Oscillation Index), and their association with rainfall in the Sunshine Coast district. New forecast system information developed with international partners will also be presented, which is assisting the industries to improve planning and marketing decisions.

Damien O’Sullivan, DAF Climate Risk Project Manager with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will join Professor Stone to discuss how the wide range of climate information available on the internet and elsewhere can be used by businesses to help decision making.

‘Whether we’re talking about climate variability or climate change, the bottom line for business is understanding and reducing the risk,” Susie Chapman, Regional Landcare Facilitator with Healthy Land and Water said.

“This remarkable opportunity will provide the most current information and tools available to assist all producers to achieve that.”

As part of the Queensland Government’s Drought and Climate Adaption Program across the state supported by the University of Southern Queensland, this free workshop is hosted by Noosa Landcare, Country Noosa and Healthy Land and Water through the National Landcare Program.

It runs from 8.30am -12.30pm at the Rural Futures Centre, 65 Pavilion St Pomona and morning tea and lunch are provided, however registrations are essential. Please send registration details to info@noosalandcare.org

Professor Stone has held a number of leading positions around the world, mainly as the director of various government climate applications research centres. He is currently the Director of the International Centre for Applied Climate Sciences and a Professor in Climate Science at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia. 

He currently holds the position of Program Chair within the United Nations/World Meteorological Organisation Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM), providing research leadership in the fields of climate variability, climate change and natural disasters in agriculture.

Professor Stone also leads the Australian representation at the Integrated Drought Management Program at the Centre for Research Excellence in Agricultural Meteorology, the Commission for Climatology, and at the World Meteorological Organisation’s international congress meetings.