The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has launched a website to help people, particularly the state’s farmers, gain a stronger understanding of climate- and weather-related factors and how these factors can help them better manage their lives and livelihoods.

The Website’s address is http://www.aces.edu/climate.

Farmers have the most to gain from acquiring an enriched understanding of climate- and weather-related factors, says Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy and Soils at Auburn University who led the efforts to develop the site.

“More people are becoming aware of the impact that variations in weather and climate conditions have on all human activities, which include our daily lifestyles as well as agriculture and even the economy in general,” Ortiz says.

“The purpose of this website is to provide climate and weather information from the basics all the way to broader scientific findings, especially in terms of how this relates to farming and resource management.

Ortiz hopes the website will complement other Extension-sponsored efforts to help the state’s farmers as well as Alabama cattle producers and forestland owners gain a clearer understanding of the role these factors can play in helping them make sound production decisions.

“This is part of a regional effort under development by universities through the Southeast Climate Consortium,” she says. “Our website will be one effort among many to disseminate this information.”

“I think all of us as Extension educators have the responsibility to educate the community and to increase climate literacy,” she says.