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Southeast Climate Consortium Extension Program C. W. Fraisse, J. Bellow, N. Breuer, V. Cabrera, J. W. Jones, K. Ingram, and G. Hoogenboom.

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1 Southeast Climate Consortium Extension Program C. W. Fraisse, J. Bellow, N. Breuer, V. Cabrera, J. W. Jones, K. Ingram, and G. Hoogenboom

2 SECC Background Origin in the Florida Climate Consortium (FCC) formed in Argentina Shifted focus to Florida in 1998 (initial support by NOAA-OGP and them RISA) In 2002 initiated interactions and joint activities with GA, shifted focus to SE USA Additional funding from USDA-RMA in 2003 allowed expansion to AL

3 SECC Members Florida State University Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies Florida Climate Center University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences University of Miami Rosentiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Georgia State Climatologist's Office Auburn University Auburn University Environmental Institute University of Alabama-Huntsville Earth System Science Center Alabama State Climatologist's Office

4 SECC Mission To use advances in climate sciences, including improved capabilities to forecast seasonal climate, to provide scientifically sound information and decision support tools for agriculture, forestry, and water resources management in the Southeastern USA.

5 Our Top 3 Challenges: Large territory to cover New technology Diverse agricultural industry

6 Our Vision Agricultural, forestry and natural resource managers will better cope with uncertainty and climate associated risks through routine and effective use of climate forecasts and climate related decision support tools This includes a major role of Cooperative Extension Services through an outreach and an education program

7 Goal & Objectives Main goal is to develop a climate information system in the SE USA (forecasts and decision support tools) Develop methodologies to deliver information (Outreach) Conduct research to translate information into DSS (R&D) Develop partnerships (Relationship Building) Document utility and impact to stakeholders (Monitoring & Evaluation)

8 Approach STAKEHOLDERS

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10 Extension Organization Currently 3 climate extension specialists UF – September 2003 FSU – August 2004 UG – March 2005 AU, UM – planned for 2005 Extension Advisory Board Composed of producers, county extension faculty, agribusiness and other stakeholders (under implementation)

11 Communication Protocols Monthly videoconferences Extension team will meet to discuss on going efforts and plan upcoming events Semiannual meetings with the advisory board to report progress, set priorities, propose new initiatives Annual meetings with extension administration to report progress and present plans for the next year

12 R&D – New Initiatives New Idea Conceptualization Technical & Resources Feasibility Present to SECC Extension Team Present to Advisory Committee Operations, Maintenance Planning Design & Coding Reviews (Extension, Adv. Com) Implementation In AgClimate

13 Partnerships State Extension Services Access to local knowledge and experience Facilitate relationships with stakeholders Advise on format, language, and delivery systems Feedback and suggestions for new potential applications Information and technical advise to stakeholders based on SECC decision support tools

14 Partnerships State Weather Network Services Development of updated or hybrid forecasts based on recent real-time data and forecasts Evaluation of regional climate forecasts

15 Monitoring & Evaluation In the Climate Extension Program we will monitor: Extension agent attitudes towards climate forecast products Potential uses or adaptations by producers of the forecast products Adoption by Extension agents and producers of SECC climate forecast products

16 Monitoring & Evaluation Evaluation of the Climate Extension Program will attempt to identify reasons for success or failure: Is the program reaching the target group of stakeholders? Is the program delivering the products it was designed to deliver? Measurements of program impact, impact on extension agents, impact on producers…

17 Summary A innovative climate extension program is being implemented in the SE USA Our vision is that agricultural, forestry and natural resource managers will better cope with uncertainty and climate associated risks through routine and effective use of climate forecasts and climate related decision support tools

18 SECC Climate Extension Developing climate information services to promote the competitiveness of agriculture and protect the natural resources in the Southeastern USA


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