Land management tool kick off workshop

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The land management tool prototype held a Project kick off workshop at the Met Office, Exeter, on 8th July 2014. Team members from Clinton Devon Estates, the Met Office, and KNMI (Netherlands) attended. The workshop provided be an opportunity for all of the project partners and stakeholders to get to know each other, to revisit and refine the requirements for the tool (covering a) the land management decisions to focus on, b) weather events, and c) the look and feel of the tool), and agree a top-level workplan to deliver the tool. We visit one of Clinton Devon Estates local farms to see a working farm in practice. We agreed a workplan to deliver useful information from the tool to allow "dry-run" testing in Autumn 2014,. The outcomes of the workshop were:

  1. an agreed set of land management decision(s) to focus on.

  2. an agreed list of weather events to focus on, both in terms of their nature (e.g. cold winter; run of frost events) and timing (e.g. 2013/2014 winters).

  3. an agreed list of requirements for the tool (particularly on look and feel, and functionality).

  4. an agreement on the minimum information needed for making a decision for Autumn 2014. (note, there is also a deliverable to the overall project on value of the prototypes for Oct 2014).

  5. an agreed top-level workplan for the project, particularly focusing out to Autumn 2014.


LMTool provides seasonal winter weather forecasts (1-3 months ahead) in support of decision making on cover crop planting, choice and management.