Climatic patterns and variability in the Australian wheatbelt

Parry ML, Carter TR, & Konijn NT (1988). Climatic patterns and variability in the Australian wheatbelt. In: The Impact of Climatic Variations on Agriculture. pp. 687-717 Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. ISBN 978-94-009-2965-4 DOI:10.1007/978-94-009-2965-4_38.

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Abstract

This section sets the climatic background against which the crop response and economic and social impact sections of the Australian case study are developed. A general description of the climate of the Australian wheatbelt has been given in Section 1. The underlying causes of the observed patterns are examined here. The evidence for climatic fluctuations in Australia during the period of instrumental record (practically, because of data limitations, during the twentieth century only) is examined, as it adds further detail to the background against which wheat production must be set. Such evidence illustrates the degree of relatively sustained variability to which it might be argued producers have become accustomed, and it also points to the possible nature of sustained trends to which longer-term adjustments, and for which longer-term planning, might be necessary. Studies of any tendency for dry or wet periods to persist, and so indicate longer-term variation in rainfall patterns, may also aid the ultimate prediction of extremes, leading to reduced impacts on the rural sector.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Programs: Resources and Environment Area (REN)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 02 May 2016 14:17
Last Modified: 02 May 2016 14:17
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13004

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