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Title: Enhancing Access to climate and weather data
Authors: Bange, Michael
Keywords: availability of accurate and continuous weather and climate data
CottonLOGIC
OZCOT crop simulation model
SILO web services
day degree target calculator
early season diagnosis (ESD) tool
HydroLOGIC software
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2003
Publisher: CSIRO Plant Industry
Series/Report no.: ;CSP128C
Abstract: The availability of accurate and continuous weather and climate data is essential for strategic research, operation of decision support systems (eg. CottonLOGIC, OZCOT crop simulation model) and numerous operational aspects of cotton agronomy and management. In addition historical climate data is being used by researchers to assess the potential of cotton growth in new regions and to analyse the performance of crops in current seasons in the context of the whole climatic record. Increasingly consultants and growers are using this information for making informed management decisions. At the start of this project the industry supports the maintenance of 14 stations spread throughout the cotton growing regions. These stations require regular maintenance and annual calibration. The information collected from these stations is made available via the Cotton CRC’s web site. After numerous problems installing the network they were operating at an acceptable level. However, the stations are now over 9 years and components are failing more frequently and the stations show visible signs of degradation from the weather. A brief outline of the major results and outcomes form this project is given below. 1. Provision of weather information through the existing cotton industry weather station network. These weather stations are now over nine years old. Of the initial 14 only five remain functioning. The parts from the stations removed from the field are being used to maintain these functioning stations. Three are being used for experiments while two remain in the field (Merah North and Breeza). More reliable and continuos data is now available through the SILO Internet site. During this time as part of this project we also installed a new weather station at ACRI. 2. Provision of historical climate patched point data sets to the Australian Cotton Research Institute for research purposes. ACRI and Cotton CRC researchers now have reliable and easy access to up to date weather information and historical data for research purposes. Researchers access this data through an internal website from a data server located at ACRI. On a daily basis the SILO web services updates the server with the latest numerical weather measurements recoded. This service has enabled any project utilising this data to run more effectively. No longer is there a significant cost in time and dollars to obtain this data. 3. Collaboration with partners of the SILO project to develop weather and climate tools specific to the cotton industry. In gaining reliable and easy access to continuous climate datasets has enable a number initiatives where tools for research and decision support to be developed in collaboration with the SILO team. Currently all tools developed are available free to members of the Australian cotton industry. The tools developed and initiatives undertaken during this project are as follows: SILO/Cotton CRC day degree calculator - allows user to enter a starting date and finishing date to calculate the day degrees. SILO/Cotton CRC day degree target calculator - This decision tool is similar to the day degree calculator described above only that it differs in enabling the users to specify a target day degree. Early season diagnosis tool - The early season diagnosis (ESD) tool was developed for the Cotton CRC’s website to assist with the agronomic management of cotton crops. The ESD has been linked to the SILO day degree calculator, and allows the users to enter the sowing date and the dates on which the measurements were taken. HydroLOGIC - Fundamental to the effective use of the HydroLOGIC software released to the cotton industry in September 2003 is gaining access to daily weather data. The SILO initiative was able to contribute to the development of HydroLOGIC by providing access to Historical patched point datasets for major cotton growing regions and developing computing routines were developed to enable HydroLOGIC to directly access SILO’s patched point datasets from the Internet.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1/3708
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