Dr Chantal Donnelly

Head of Water Resource Modelling, Bureau of Meteorology

Dr Chantal Donnelly

Head of Water Resource Modelling, Bureau of Meteorology

Chantal Donnelly is the head of the Water Resource modelling unit in the Business Services Group at the Bureau of Meteorology. She has a background in operational continental scale hydrological and water quality modelling as well as research to support the development of continental scale models, the impacts of climate change on the water sector and scenario modelling to support decision making. She is passionate about combining the full capabilities of weather, water and climate data to provide useful products for the Bureau’s customers.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.2 – E5.3

When: Day 2 – Thursday, 14 June 2018, 8.30 – 10.30

Abstract Outline: The Bureau of Meteorology invites you to tell us how modern weather, climate and water data could improve irrigation planning and scheduling. The Bureau of Meteorology has a long history of providing trusted, reliable and responsive weather and climatological information to agriculture, all day, every day – and continually seeks to improve its services.
Higher resolution weather models, hybrid products (linking radar, satellites and models), on farm sensors, the Australian Landscape Water Balance system (providing evapotranspiration, soil moisture, drainage and runoff data) and the new dynamic seasonal forecasting system (ACCESS-S) present many new possibilities for better supporting agriculture. Your insights can help us to tailor data, information or products that are most useful to the irrigation industry.
In this workshop, we will briefly present the current state of data and information from the Bureau that could potentially be used to support irrigation decision making: from infrastructure investment and seasonal planting decisions to daily pumping decisions. We ask participants to contribute with their ideas of which data they need, when they need it and in what format they would like it. We welcome participants from all parts of the irrigation industry, from water users and operators, to consultants, suppliers, manufacturers and government.

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