December 2007  

Climate and flood forecast applications in agriculture

An interactive, web-based e-learning tool

This e-learning tool was created through collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and the Department of Physical Geography at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

The e-learning tool on climate and flood forecast applications in agriculture was developed to assist the Department of Agriculture Extension of the Government of Bangladesh and other interested learners, including disaster managers, to better undertsand the basic concepts and implementation of climate and flood forecast applications in the agriculture sector. This e-learning tool was developed based on the training modules jointly produced and tested by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and FAO under the project "Support to strengthen disaster preparedness in the agriculture sector" in Bangladesh. Additional resources are included in this e-learning tool to make it more interactive and comprehensive.

This online version of the e-learning tool is being released for extensive testing by interested practitioners, and its finalization will be based on feedback received. A downloadable final version will be made freely available as soon as it has been completed. This test version consists of six modules: a description of context; basic aspects of weather and climate; bio-physical interactions and impacts; and application of climate and flood information for disaster preparedness. Background reading material, maps and figures are included under the last module.

Climate and flood forecast application for disaster preparedness in agriculture refers to the use of the emerging ability to provide timely and accurate climate and flood forecasts as tools to improve decision-making in agriculture and related sectors for enhancing disaster preparedness and reducing societal vulnerability to climate-related risks.

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ę FAO, 2007