Roger Stone is an Australian and international leader in climate science and a big believer in the value of seasonal forecasting to help farmers, communities and governments plan for and manage risks associated with drought and other extreme events. Listen in to this episode in which we discuss climate change and forecasting, learn about ENSO, the Southern Oscillation Index, El Nino, La Nina and perspectives on managing for drought, climate risk and change.
Roger works with The Centre for Climate Science, University of Southern Queensland (USQ), that’s one of the very few centres in the world that works at the interface of climate and agriculture helping producers here and internationally. He is the Founding and past Director of the Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation for Southern Queensland and Northern NSW also at USQ. Watch this space – there are eight hubs getting underway across Australia to help rural communities tackle the tough challenges of climate adaptation …
Australia is on the brutal receiving end of climate change and we have long had the highest rainfall variability on earth and that’s set to become more extreme. So, robust, seasonal forecasting will be all the more key for farmers, communities and governments – to help plan and build toward greater resilience and for effective disaster management planning as extreme events occur within ‘months’ of each other.
The knowledge and advice that Roger, and colleagues, provide to farmers, large and small, the re-insurance industry and government stakeholders – here and internationally – is changing lives and economic futures in a changing climate. More than a pleasure. A deep privilege to speak with and learn from Roger, an eminent Australian and scientist.
We talk …
Professor Roger C Stone, PhD, FRMetSoc, Hon Professor in Climate Science.
University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.
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