Learning how to use climate information with machinima
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The Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments and the Australian Digital Futures Institute have been working together to craft machinima to help farmers use climate information to make more ...
The Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments and the Australian Digital Futures Institute have been working together to craft machinima to help farmers use climate information to make more informed climate risk management decisions. The project team first worked with Indian farmers and, using the feedback gathered from that project, are now working with sugarcane farmers in Queensland. The current project will create five machinima in Second Life, based around key decision-making points in sugar cane farming operations. The machinima cover harvesting, irrigation and other topics relevant to farmers. They show farmers how to use long range climate forecasts generated by the ACSC when making critical farming decisions. A preliminary evaluation has been done on the first of these and will influence the form of subsequent machinima. A more comprehensive questionnaire has been generated and will be deployed to sugarcane farmers at shed meetings and other relevant gatherings. The questionnaire will determine how convincing the machinima are and how farmers would access them, i.e. through desktop computers or mobile devices. This paper will discuss the lessons learned and opportunities for future applications and research.
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