DES Seminar Richard Muita (by PhD Candidate )

2 August 2013

Dry spells forecasting in Kenya and Australia: Adapting agriculture to climate change.


Kenya and the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) of Australia are mostly arid or semi-arid and key agriculture regions. However, persistent dry periods and the timing of dry spells directly impact the availability of soil moisture and hence crop production. Research on drought in these regions has not yielded desirable results in addressing this problem and the predictive skill of current seasonal forecasts remain relatively low. This thesis therefore investigate the characteristics of dry spells, develops intra and inter-seasonal to annual dry spells forecasts in these regions as well as analyse farmers decisions related to forecasts in Kenya.

All welcome to attend.

Time: 4PM

Location: Room 422, Biomedical Building C81, ATP

Contact: Dr Brett Whelan

Phone: 02 8627 1132

Email: 241f1722137b360108380202342238502d571f5e3113417d5706