DAV00148 - Climate Dogs go national

Project Summary

Project Start Date
1 October 2015
Project End Date
30 October 2016
Supervisor Name
Graeme Anderson
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transpor
South, North, West

The Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) ClimateDog animations are an awarded climate communication tool which frames and explains the latest climate science in an entertaining and informative manner for farmers.

This series of short videos illustrate how the behaviour of each climate system - represented as the dogs Enso, Indy, Sam and Ridgy - affects Victoria’s weather. Enso represents the El Nino Southern Oscillation, the well-known cycle that results in moisture-laden Pacific trade winds blowing from South America towards Australia (La Nina) in some years, with the reverse (El Nino) causing drought in Australia at other times. The three other dogs represent the Indian Ocean Dipole (Indy), the Southern Annular Mode (Sam), and the Sub-tropical Ridge (Ridgy). The animations contain the latest science from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

Climate communicators and extension advisors from across Australia have called for the animations to be modified so that they can be used for audiences across all of Australia (rather than just a Victoria focus) and this proposal seeks to do that.

This project will modify existing climatedog animations and make them publicly accessible to enable these climate communication tools to be applicable and used across all of Australia. The reach of each climatedog will be defined by the reach of the climate driver - thus will reflect the advice/science from BoM. These new animations will be relevant for all states as per the reach of each climate driver. Advisors/extension agents can use the versions that best meet their needs/audiences.

Published Date
12 October 2016

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