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On-farm water management and the madden-julian oscillation


Donald, L and Lennox, S and Meinke, HB and Wheeler, M and Lo, F, On-farm water management and the madden-julian oscillation, Proceedings of the 13th Australian Agronomy Conference, 10-14 September 2006, Perth, Western Australia, pp. (2006) [Refereed Conference Paper]


The Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) is a tropical atmospheric phenomenon, which, develops over the Indian Ocean and travels eastward through the tropics. With a timescale ranging from 30 to 60 days, the MJO has a frequency of 6 to 12 events per year. The active phase of an MJO event is associated with increased tropical convective activity. Following active convection is a region characterised by westerly wind bursts. Statistical evidence (Kolmogorov-Smirnov distance) confirms that the tropical passage of the MJO correlates with periods of enhanced and suppressed rainfall states in higher latitudes. In this paper we show the impact of the passage of the MJO on the timing and amount of rainfall, with respect the Real-Time Multivariate MJO (RMM) Index. We also examine the potential for on-farm risk management made possible due to the temporal scale of the MJO, which bridges the gap between synoptic weather forecasting and current seasonal climate forecasting.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Climate change science
Research Field:Climatology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Meinke, HB (Professor Holger Meinke)
ID Code:71587
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-07-25
Last Modified:2012-02-06

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