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RAINMAN - RAINFALL INFORMATION FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT
1. Purpose and objectives
To provide rainfall information and data analyses to enable better management of climate variability. The package is suitable for use by primary producers, business, policy makers and students.
A software package to analyse the relationship between rainfall, the Southern oscillation Index (SOI) and sea surface temperature (SST). The package will display historical rain data as tables, graphs or maps; calculate chances of daily, monthly and seasonal rain; show data as scatter plots, box plots and bar charts; use SOI and SST to forecast seasonal rain, daily rainfall events, dry periods and effective rain at a location; assess the frequency of major, extended and seasonal droughts; show chances of frost, heat-waves and planting opportunities.
The package contains Australian data however facilities are provided for users to enter their own data, thus making it relevant to other countries. The next version of the package, due for release in mid 2001, will include streamflow data and streamflow specific analyses such as pumping days.
All data are stored within a data base maintained by the software package. User provided rainfall data can be entered via the keyboard or input via ASCII files prepared in a predefined format. The software and
data provided as part of the package are supplied on CD-ROM.
Output is predominantly in the form of screen displays. Output may also be optionally cut and pasted to other Windows based programs such as word processors or be printed.
5. Operational requirements
The minimum computer system configuration recommended is:
Pentium 90 MHz
6. Form of presentation
The package consists of:
- a CD-ROM containing the software and data;
7. Operational experience
Familiarity with the user interface of standard Windows software packages and an understanding of basic statistical terms would be an advantage.
8. Originator and technical support
Queensland Department of Primary Industries (See below). Training courses and technical support are not available outside
The software package may be obtained from the following address:
Queensland Centre for Climate Applications Phone: +61-7-46881200
The cost of the package in 2005 is as follows:
A brochure describing the package and explaining the differences
between the three versions is available from the above address or the HOMS
Reference Centre for Australia.
10. Conditions on use
|(First entered: 8 JAN 01||
Last updated: 18 AUG 00)