THE CLIMATE KELPIE BLOG: ClimateDog animations go national
Primary producers who improve their awareness and understanding of the key larger scale climate drivers will likely have more trust in, and use of, seasonal variability tools which improve farm management.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Victoria has created and released six short animations explaining the latest science behind regional large-scale climate drivers for farmers, advisors, extension officers and communicators.
This project will modify the existing animations for a national audience, to help explain the following five climate drivers:
- El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO)
- Indian Ocean Dipole
- Southern Annular Mode (SAM)
- Subtropical Ridge
- Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO).
The animations will appear on the Climate Kelpie website. Access to new communication tools such as these animations will also make it easier and more enjoyable for climate communicators to discuss climate science with their audiences.
The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), Victoria ClimateDog animations are an awarded climate communication tool which explains climate science in an entertaining and informative manner. These short science animations (shown below) illustrate the latest science and behaviour of key climate drivers—which explain a lot of our seasonal variability—represented as the dogs Enso, Indy, Sam and Ridgy.
The ‘Climate Dogs Go National Project’, has now modified the animations for Australia-wide applicability, so they can be used in climate extension programs across the country. These new animations have been updated to include the latest science from Bureau of Meteorology scientists on each key climate driver. They can now be used in each state of Australia to help explain the big drivers of wetter or drier years.
Already these animations are being used by schools, Landcare and extension networks across Australia to help introduce more people into the amazing world of climate variability. The animations work very well in local climate sessions where they are accompanied by more detailed presentations and discussions around what drives variability in their region.
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Victoria
Phone: (03) 5226 4821
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