Mr Steve Crimp


Mr Steven Crimp joined CSIRO in 2006 as a climate applications scientist tasked with assisting farmers and farmer groups to improve on-farm climate risk management. During this time he has led a range of research projects working with farmers to enhance current management practises to cope with the challenges of climate variability and change. This includes interactions with farmer groups, CMAs, conservation groups, state and federal government organisations, and development NGOs.

Core capabilities include:
• the translation of climate change impact scenarios from rainfall and temperature into forms useful for decision makers, such as crop and pasture production, biodiversity, farm incomes and broader socioeconomic impacts;
• participatory engagement with decision makers from farmers to policy makers to improve the value derived from climate risk management in decision making;
• the development of quantitative models and methods to derive value from seasonal climate forecasts and climate change projection in agricultural, natural resource and biodiversity management, including the economic valuation of climate forecasts;
• developing and implementing practical concepts of vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity from the farm to policy scales, including the design of nested institutional arrangements and ways of increasing the societal value of climate impacts science, and re-defining biodiversity conservation objectives.

Science and Professional Areas

  • Farming Systems
  • Climate Science
  • Value Chains
  • Crop modelling

Academic Qualifications

  • BScCape Town University1992
  • BSc (Hons)Cape Town Unviersity1993
  • MScUniversity of the Witwatersrand 1995