"Much more investment has gone into climate research for grain growers in southern Australia, however for large parts of Northern Australia the climate is becoming more variable - so it puts more emphasis on needing better forecasting"
In addition to USQ research scientists from the Centre for Applied Climate Sciences, the program involves Melbourne based Bureau of Meteorology experts, other staff from the world-leading Hadley Centre for Climate Research and the “UK Met Office” in the United Kingdom as well as graziers from Northern Australia, who work as specialist local extension “Climate Mates” to help their community to understand the research and apply it in a practical way.
Already the project has created the “Northern Rainfall Onset” that has accurately predicted an early or late wet season onset in its first two years of application.
Drawing on the world-leading knowledge and extensive experience of USQ’s Centre for Applied Climate Sciences team, engaging with industry bodies and connecting with farmers, USQ is aiming to strengthen the agricultural sector. Supporting the industry to be more sustainable, resilient and profitable while the climate is becoming more variable and challenging is imperative.
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