How to use seasonal climate outlooks? Bureau can teach you online

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Are you using climate outlooks to your best advantage? Our new training module on seasonal forecasts can help you better understand and use climate outlooks.

The training is ideal for decision-makers in climate-sensitive industries such as farmers, agronomists and resource managers, and can be completed on an individual basis or within a workshop environment.

Developed by the Bureau, in collaboration with the meteorological education specialists at COMET, the online course covers Australia’s climate variability, the impact of climate drivers such as the El Niño–Southern Oscillation and the Indian Ocean Dipole in Australia, and how to interpret the Bureau’s rainfall and temperature climate outlook maps.

A major focus is the use of probabilities in climate outlooks—something commonly misunderstood or queried by users—along with how to interpret and apply information on model accuracy.

The course is highly interactive, with video, animations and web-widgets. There are comprehension-based questions throughout to provide instant feedback, as well as more formal pre- and post-course quizzes based on real case studies.

Sample page from the training module
Training pages include a combination of interactive quizzes,
information and maps.

The free, self-paced course takes around 60 to 90 minutes to complete, including quizzes.

Grab a cuppa and try the climate outlooks learning module

Original article available in enGauge (Bureau of Meteorology), August 2016 (Link)

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