Dr Steven Crimp

Profile

Biography

Steven is a climate applications scientist with the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University. His role in CCI is to examine opportunities for improved climate risk management, within primary industries, both in Australia and internationally as well as seek opportunities to work more closely with multi-national and global food producers, telecommunications, and other industries in this area.

Before joining ANU, Steve worked for the Agriculture and Food Business Unit of CSIRO, contributing to the Global Food Security in a Changing world research program. 

    Research

    Research interests

    Steve research 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 socio-economic impacts;
    • participatory engagement with decision 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 information in agricultural, natural resource and biodiversity management, including the economic valuation of climate forecasts; and
    • developing and implementing practical concepts of vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity across 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.

    Publications

    Journal Articles and Book Chapters

    Crimp, S.J. (1997). A sea-surface temperature sensitivity test using the Colorado State University Regional Atmospheric Modelling System (RAMS). South African Journal of Science, 93, 133-141.

    Crimp, S.J., Lutjeharms, J.R.E. and Mason, S.J. (1998). Sensitivity of a Tropical-Temperate Trough to sea-surface temperature anomalies in the Agulhas Retroflection Region, WaterSA, 24, 2, 93-100.

    Crimp, S.J. and Mason, S.J. (1999). The Extreme Precipitation Event of 11 to 16 February 1996 over South Africa, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 70, 1-2, 29-42.

    Crimp, S.J., McKeon, G.M., Hall, W.B., Howden, S.M., Stone, R.C. and Jones, D.A. (1999).  Climate change in Queensland’s grazing lands:  approaches and climatic trends.  VIth International Rangeland Congress Proceedings Vol. 1.  pp. 36-37

    Howden, S.M., and Crimp, S. (2001).  Effect of climate and climate change on electricity demand in Australia. Presented at MODSIM 2001, International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Canberra, 10-13 December, 2001.

    Crimp, S.J. and Day, K.A. (2003). Evaluation of multi-decadal variability in rainfall in Queensland using indices of El Niño–Southern Oscillation and inter-decadal variability. Proceedings of the National Drought Forum: Science for Drought 15–16 April 2003. Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 106–15.

    Howden, S.M. & S. Crimp (2005).  Assessing dangerous climate change impacts on Australia's wheat industry In Zerger, A. and Argent, R.M. (eds.) MODSIM 2005 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2005, pp. 170-176. ISBN: 0-9758400-2-9.

    Howden, M. and Crimp, S. (2008).  Climate Extremes: Drought and High Temperatures. In. Transitions: Pathways Towards Sustainable Urban Development in Australia, edited by Peter W. Newton.  CSIRO Publishing ISBN: 9780643094192

    Howden, S. M., Crimp, S. J. and Stokes, C. J. (2008). Climate change and its effect on Australian livestock systems. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 48, 780–788. doi: 10.1071/EA08033

    Crimp, S. J., Stokes, C. J., Howden, S. M., Moore, A. D., Jacobs, B., Brown, P. R., Ash, A. J., Kokic, P., and Leith, P. (2010).  Managing Murray– Darling Basin livestock systems in a variable and changing climate: challenges and opportunities. The Rangeland Journal 32, 293–304.

    Howden SM, Crimp SJ and Nelson RN (2010) Australian agriculture in a climate of change. In Jubb I, Holper P and Cai W (Eds) Managing Climate Change: Papers from the GREENHOUSE 2009 Conference. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. pp 101-111.

    Howden, M. and Crimp, S (2011) Regional impacts: Australia. In: Shyam S. Yadav, Robert J. Redden, Jerry L. Hatfield, Hermann Lotze-Campen and Anthony E. Hall. (eds) Crop Adaptation to Climate Change, Wiley International. pp 143-155

    Howden SM, Robbins, G. and Crimp SJ (2011) Climate Change and food production. In Holper P and Chambers J (Eds) Managing Climate Change: Papers from the GREENHOUSE 2011 Conference. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.                       

    Kokic, P, Crimp, S., and Howden, M. (2011). Forecasting climate variables using a mixed-effect state-space model. Environmetrics, 22, 409-419

    Howden, M, Nelson, RA and Crimp, S (2013). Food security under a changing climate: frontiers of science or adaptation frontiers? pp 56-68 in J. Palutikof, SL Boulter, AJ Ash, M Stafford Smith, M Parry, M Waschka and D Guitart (eds) Climate Adaptation Futures. John Wiley & Sons.

    Crimp, S., Howden, M., Stokes, C., Schroeter, S., & Keating, B. (2014). Climate change challenges for low-input cropping and grazing systems—Australia. Climate change impact and adaptation in agricultural systems. CABI Climate Change Series, (5), 47-68.

    Howden, M., Schroeter, S. and Crimp, S. (2014) Agriculture in an even more sunburnt country. In: Australia in a Four Degree World (Christoff, P. [ed]). Routledge, Oxford, United Kingdom, p101-120.

    Howden, S.M., M. Bindi, R. Ferrise, S. Crimp and S. Chapman (2014). Wheat. In: Living in a Warmer World, ed. Jim Salinger. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia.

    Howden, M., Schroeter, S., & Crimp, S. (2014). Agriculture in an even more sunburnt country. Four degrees of global warming—Australia in a hot world, 101-120.

    Crimp, S., Bakar, K. S., Kokic, P., Jin, H., Nicholls, N., & Howden, M. (2015). Bayesian space–time model to analyse frost risk for agriculture in Southeast Australia. International Journal of Climatology, 35(8), 2092-2108.

    Crimp, S. J., Gobbett, D., Kokic, P., Nidumolu, U., Howden, M., & Nicholls, N. (2016). Recent seasonal and long-term changes in southern Australian frost occurrence. Climatic Change, 139(1), 115-128.

    Crimp, S. J., Zheng, B., Khimashia, N., Gobbett, D. L., Chapman, S., Howden, M., & Nicholls, N. (2016). Recent changes in southern Australian frost occurrence: implications for wheat production risk. Crop and Pasture Science, 67(8), 801-811.

    Crimp, S., Kokic, P., Risbey, J., Nicholls, N., Gobbett, G., and Howden, M. (2017). Synoptic to Large Scale Drivers of Minimum Temperature Variability in Australia – Multi-Decadal Changes. International Journal of Climatology, (Submitted).

    Reports and Conference Papers

    Crimp, S.J. (1997).  Simulating sea-surface temperature effects on southern African rainfall using a meso-scale numerical model.  Thesis (MSc), University of the Witwatersrand, 135pp.

    Crimp, S.J. (1997).  Modelling sea-surface temperature anomaly effects on South African rainfall using a mesoscale model. 5th Int. Conf. on South. Hemisphere Meteorol. Oceanogr., Pretoria, South Africa, 7-11 April. 122-123.

    Crimp, S.J., Van den Heever, S.C., D’Abreton, P.C., Tyson, P.D., Mason, S.J. (1997). Mesoscale modelling of rainfall-producing systems over Southern Africa. Report to the Water Research Commission,  396pp.

    Crimp, S.J. and McKeon, G. (1998).  Climate Change under Enhanced Greenhouse conditions in Queensland: a discussion of potential biophysical impacts and suggestions for future research. Report for Department of Natural Resources, 23pp.

    Crimp, S.J. and Brook, K. (1998).  A paper for the Queensland Greenhouse Taskforce: Recommendations for Implementing the Queensland Greenhouse Initiative for Climate Change Impact Studies. Report for Department of Natural Resources, 5pp.

    Crimp, S.J. and McKeon, G. (1999).  Biophysical Impacts of Climate Change on Queensland. Report for Department of Natural Resources, 13pp.

    Crimp, S.J. and McKeon, G. (1999).  Climate Change: a scientific perspective. Report for Department of Natural Resources, 7pp.

    Crimp, S.J., McKeon, G., Day, K.A., and Howden, S.M. (1999) Climate Change: Future Implications for Queensland’s Rangeland Region, 4pp.

    Crimp, S.J. (2001).  Adaptation to Climate Change: Implications for the Environment Portfolio – A Recommendation Report for the Environmental Protection Agency.  Final report, 121pp. 2001.

    Howden, S.M. and Crimp, S.J. (2001). Effect of Climate and Climate Change on Electricity Demand in Australia. MODSIM 2001, 7pp.

    Crimp, S.J., Flood, N.R., Carter, J.O., Conroy, J.P. and McKeon, G.M. (2002).  Evaluation of the Potential Impacts of Climate Change On Native Pasture Production – Implications for livestock carrying capacity: Final Report for the Australian Greenhouse Office, 60pp. 2002.

    Crimp, S.J., Balston, J., Ash, A., Anderson-Berry, L., Done, T., Greiner, R., Hilbert, D., Howden, M., Jones, R., Stokes, C., Stoeckl, N., Sutherst B., and Whetton P. (2002).  A Study to Determine the Scope and Focus of an Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Options for Adaptation in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Region

    Howden, M., Ash, A., Barlow, S., Booth, T., Charles, S., Crimp, S.J., Gifford, R., Hennessy, K., Jones, R., Kirschbaum, M., McKeon, G., Meinke, H., Park, S., Sutherst, B., Webb, L., Whetton, P. (2002).  An overview of the adaptive capacity of the agricultural sector – options, costs and benefits. Final Report for the Australian Greenhouse Office, 132pp.

    Howden, S.M., Ash, A.J., Barlow, E.W.R. Booth, Charles, S., Cechet, R., Crimp, S., Gifford, R.M., Hennessy, K., Jones, R.N., Kirschbaum, M.U.F., McKeon, G.M., Meinke, H. Park, S. Sutherst, R., Webb, L. Whetton, P.J. (2003).  An overview of the adaptive capacity of the Australian agricultural sector to climate change – options, costs and benefits, Report to the Australian Greenhouse Office, Canberra.

    Crimp, S.J, Ash, A.J., Gifford, R., Howden, S.M. and McKeon, G.M. (2003) Cropping industries. In: SM Howden, AJ Ash, EWR Barlow, T Booth, S Charles, R Cechet, S Crimp, RM Gifford, K Hennessy, RN Jones, MUF Kirschbaum, GM McKeon, H Meinke, S Park, R Sutherst ,L Webb, PJ Whetton, An overview of the adaptive capacity of the Australian agricultural sector to climate change – options, costs and benefits. pp 33-47. Report to the Australian Greenhouse Office, Canberra, Australia.

    Crimp, S.J., Balston, J., Ash, A., Anderson-Berry, L., Done, T., Greiner, R., Hilbert, D., Howden, M., Jones, R., Stokes, C., Stoeckl, N., Sutherst B., and Whetton P. (2004).  A Study to Determine the Scope and Focus of an Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Options for Adaptation in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Region, Australian Greenhouse Office, 100pp.                   

    Crimp, S.J., Flood, N., McKeon, G. and Howden, S.M. (2004). Managing Agricultural Systems in a Variable, Non-Stationary Climate:  Part II. Natural Resource Management and Grazing Systems, Land and Water Australia Project QNR31.  Final Report for Land and Water Australia, Canberra, 155pp.

    Howden, S.M., Crimp, S., Carter, J., O’Connell, D., Carr, D., McIvor, J., Graham, S. (2004) Enhancing Natural Resource Management by Incorporating Climate Variability into Tree Establishment Decisions, Final Report for the Australian Greenhouse Office, Canberra.

    Howden, S.M., Graham, S., Carter, J.O., Crimp, S., Huth, N., Poulton, P. And. Hochman, Z. (2005).  Managing Natural Resource Issues in a Variable and Changing Climate, Final Report for the Australian Greenhouse Office, Canberra, 64pp.

    Crimp, S.J., Howden, M. and Carter, J. (2006).  Evaluating regional scale climate risk in agricultural and natural resource management: improving knowledge for adaptation, Third International Conference on Climate Impacts Assessment (TICCIA), Cairns, Australia 24 to 27 July, 2006.

    Howden, M., Gaydon, D., Crimp, S., Poulton, P., Hochman, Z. and Ludwig, F. (2006).  Managing natural resource issues in a variable and changing climate, Report Land and Water Australia, Canberra, 42pp.

    Crimp, S.J., Howden, M. and Meinke, H. (2006).  Farming in a Variable and Non-Stationary Climate: Future Challenges for Cropping Systems, Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Northern Grains Update, Jandowae, 8 September 2006.

    Crimp. S.J., Howden, M., Nelson. R. and Gaydon D. (2007).  Adapting To Climate Change – What You Can Tell Your Clients, Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Southern Grains Update, Wagga Wagga 13 February 2007.

    Crimp, S.J., Gaydon, D., Howden, M., Hall, C., Poulton, P. and Hochman, Z (2007) “Managing Natural Resource Issues in a Variable and Changing Climate”, Final Report for Managing Climate Variability Program, Land& Water Australia, June 2007.                          

    S. Crimp, D. Gaydon, M. Howden, C. Hall, P. Poulton, R. Nelson and Z. Hochman (2007)  Managing Farm-Level Production and Environmental Outcomes in a Variable and Changing Climate. In: Farming Systems Design 2007, International Symposium on methodologies for Integrated assessment of farm production systems, M. Donatelli, J. Hatfield, A. Rizzoli Eds., Catania (Italy), 10-12 September 2007, book 1 - Farm-regional scale design and improvement, pp 209-210.

    Howden, S.M., Crimp, S.J. and Sayer, C. (2007).  The effect of climate change and spraying opportunities: a risk assessment and options for adaptation. In Donatelli, M., Hatfield, J., Rizzoli, A. (eds) Farming systems design. Proceedings of the International Symposium on methodologies for integrated assessment of farm production systems. Catania, Italy, September 2007. pp 197-198.

    Crimp, S., Nidumolu, U., Gaydon, D., Howden, M., and Hayman, P. (2008).  Examining the value of dynamic seasonal forecasts in managing farm-level production and environmental outcomes in a variable climate.  Proceedings of the 14th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference – Global Issues, Paddock Action, 21-25 September 2008, Adelaide, South Australia

    Crimp, S., Gartmann, A., DeVoil, P., Gaydon, D., Howden, M., Odgers, J. (2008).  Adapting Australian farming systems to climate change: a participatory approach, Final Report for the Department of Climate Change and Birchip Cropping Group. 94pp. Extracts available from http://www.bcg.org.au/resources/16_VIC_AdaptationOptions_FINALPQ.pdf

    Howden, S.M., Nelson, R., Crimp, S. and Park, S. (2008) Adapting farming to climate change in the Asia-Pacific region. Proceedings of the International Fertiliser Association: Crossroads in the Asia-Pacific Congress 16-18 December 2008.

    Howden, S.M., Crimp, S.J. and Stokes C.J. (2008)  Australian livestock systems under a changing climate. Australian Veterinarians Conference, 26-29 May 2008, Perth. http://avacms.eseries.hengesystems.com.au

    Howden, S.M. Crimp, S.J. and Stokes C.J. (2008) Climate change and its effect on Australian livestock systems. Proceedings of the First Joint Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Societies of Animal Production Conference, Brisbane, 23-27 June 2008.

    Crimp, S.J, Howden, S.M., Power, B., Wang, E., de Voil, P. (2008) Climate change impacts on Australia’s wheat crops. Report to the Garnaut Climate Change Review. Pp 13. http://www.garnautreport.org.au/CA25734E0016A131/WebObj/01-BWheat/$File/01-B%20Wheat.pdf

    Howden, S.M., Nelson, R., Crimp, S. and Park, S. (2008). Adapting farming to climate change in the Asia-Pacific region. Proceedings of the International Fertiliser Association: Crossroads in the Asia-Pacific Congress 16-18 December 2008.

    Steven Crimp, Rohan Nelson, Philip Kokic, Mark Howden, Peter Devoil, Holger Meinke, Greg McKeon, and Uday Nidumolu. (2008). A preliminary assessment of the vulnerability of Australian agricultural communities to climate variability and change. CSIRO Report.

    Howden, S.M., Nelson, R., Crimp, S. and Park, S. (2008). Climate change: the future of cropping systems. ATSE Crawford Conference 2008. Agriculture in a changing climate: the new international research frontier. 3 September 2008, Canberra.

    Crimp S, Nidumolu, U., Gaydon, D., Howden, M. (2008). Agricultural analysis for decision support tools. South East Australian Climate Initiative (SEACI) Final Report. CSIRO.

    Howden, S.M. and Crimp, S. (2008) Farming in an uncertain and changing climate. In. "Global Issues, Paddock Action" (ed Unkovitch, M.) Proceedings of the 14th Australian Agronomy Conference, 21-25 September 2008, Adelaide, South Australia. Australian Society of Agronomy.

    Crimp, S., Howden, M., Laing, A., Gaydon, D. Gartmann, A., Brown, P. and Nelson, R. (2009) Managing future agricultural production in a variable and changing climate. In the proceedings of the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change – Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions, Copenhagen 2009, 10-12 March, pp328 – 332. 

    Howden, S. Crimp, A. Laing, U. Nidumolu, R. Nelson, M. Stafford Smith. (2009). Can climate change make food-rich countries like Australia food-poor? In Proceedings of: Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions, March 10-12, 2009, Copenhagen.

    Howden M, Crimp S,  Nelson R,  Park S, Marshall N, McKeon G, et al., (2009) Australian agriculture in a climate of change. Greenhouse 2009, Perth 23 – 26 March.

    Steven Crimp and Alison Laing (2011). Climate Trends in Bangladesh. Submission for ACCA project funded by ACIAR

    Steven Crimp, Alison Laing, Bronya Alexander, Phil Bowden, Kerry Bridle, Peter Brown, Howard Cox, Peter deVoil, Jan Edwards, Alex Gartmann, Peter Hayman, Mark Howden, Philip Kokic, Shaun Lisson, Neil McLeod, Jim Meckif, Barry Mudge, Uday Nidumolu, David Parsons, Brendan Power, Michael Robertson, Daniel Rodriguez, Janet Walker, Michael Wurst (2011) Managing Future Agricultural Production in a Variable and Changing Climate.  The CCRSPI Conference 2011, Melbourne, February 2011.

    Crimp, S., Hargreaves, J., Lisson, S., Nauluvula, P., Webber, B. (2012). Understanding the sensitivity of a Pacific staple crop (Cassava) to elevated CO2 and rapid climate change Report for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). June 2012.

    Crimp, S.J. Laing, A., Alexander, B., Anwar, M., Bridle, K., Brown, P., Cox, H., Crean, J., deVoil, P., Hayman, P., Kokic, P., Lu, D., Lisson, S., Lorimer-Ward, K., Masters, L., McLeod, N., Mudge, B., Parsons, D., Power, B., Robertson, M., Rodriguez, D., Smith, J., M., van Rees, H., van Wensveen, Wurst, M. (2012). Developing climate change resilient cropping and mixed cropping/grazing businesses in Australia.  A report prepared for DAFF as part of the Australia’s Farming Future Program.

    Steven Crimp, Mike Pook, Alison Laing and Uday Nidumolu (2012). Understanding frost risk in a variable and changing climate. CSIRO

    Crimp S., Taylor M., Naululvula P., Hargreaves J., Webber B., Laing A., Gleadow R., Aallbersberg B (2012). Understanding the implications of climate change for Pacific staple food production ‐ a Cassava case study. 10th International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography, April 2012.

    Crimp S., Taylor M., Naululvula P., Hargreaves J., Webber B., Laing A., Gleadow R., (2012). Implications of climate change for Pacific staple food production ‐ a Cassava case study. Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) Programme, March 2012.

    Crimp, S.J. Kokic, P. And Jin, W. Improving Statistical Forecasts of Observational Climate Data in the Pacific. Opportunities and Challenges in Monsoon Prediction in a Changing Climate" (OCHAMP-2012) during the period 21-25 February, 2012 Pune, INDIA

    Steven Crimp, David Gobbet, Uday Nidumolu, Peter Hayman, Dane Thomas, Garry Hopwood and Mike Pook (2013) Understanding frost risk in a variable and changing climate. Final Report for MCVP 2013.

    Crimp, S.J., Ghahramani, A., Moore, A.,  Ash, A., Alexander, B., Anwar, M., Cashen, M., Cvitanovic, C., Dunstan, M., Ferrier, G., Graham, P., Hamilton, M., Hayman, P., Hopwood, G., Kokic, P., Kuehne, G., Lu, D., Leviston, Z., Marshall, N., McClelland, T., Nidumolu, U., Ouzman, J., Prestwidge, D., Ricketts, J., Slides, T., Stokes, C., Thomas, D. and van Rees, H. (2013). Evaluating transformative adaptation options for Australian extensive farming.  An Interim Technical Report prepared for DoA as part of the Carbon Farming Initiative, Filling the Research Gaps Program August 2013.

    Crimp, S.J., Ghahramani, A., Moore, A.,  Ash, A., Alexander, B., Anwar, M., Cashen, M., Cvitanovic, C., Dunstan, M., Ferrier, G., Graham, P., Hamilton, M., Hayman, P., Hopwood, G., Kokic, P., Kuehne, G., Lu, D., Leviston, Z., Marshall, N., McClelland, T., Nidumolu, U., Ouzman, J., Prestwidge, D., Ricketts, J., Slides, T., Stokes, C., Thomas, D. and van Rees, H. (2014). Evaluating transformative adaptation options for Australian extensive farming.  An Interim Technical Report prepared for DoA as part of the Carbon Farming Initiative, Filling the Research Gaps Program May 2014.

    Crimp, S., Hargreaves, J., Lisson, S., Nauluvula, P., Webber, B., Gleadow, R., Melteras, M. and McNee, N. (2013) Understanding the sensitivity of a Pacific staple crops (Taro and Cassava) to elevated CO2 and rapid climate change. Report for the Australian Centre for Agricultural Research (ACIAR). August 2013.

    Crimp, S., Hargreaves, J., Lisson, S., Nauluvula, P., Webber, B., Gleadow, R., Melteras, M. and McNee, N. (2014) Understanding the sensitivity of a Pacific staple crops (Taro and Cassava) to elevated CO2 and rapid climate change. Report for the Australian Centre for Agricultural Research (ACIAR). June 2014.

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