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Theme 3: Climate systems modelling in agriculture and water resources

The focus of this theme is to improve management of climate variability, climate change and extreme events along the agricultural production chain, through

  • the application of climate forecasts
  • integrated biophysical modelling of agriculture and water
  • production and use of decision support, and use of face-to-face and digital extension technologies in Australia and internationally.


Project Leader: David Cobon

Research Team: Dr Chelsea Jarvis | Dr Christa Pudmenzky | Dr Kate Reardon Smith | Dr Tim Cowan | Dr Sharmila Sur | Dr Duc-anh An-VoDr Thong Huy Nguyen | Mrs Sally Foreman | Dr Matthew Hawcroft | Dr Sally Lavender | Mrs Laura Guillory | 16 x Climate Mates (regional)

NACP is helping the grazing industry better manage drought and climate risks through a range of research, development and extension activities. NACP is funded by Meat and Livestock Australia Donor Co, University of Southern Queensland and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries through the Drought and Climate Adaptation Program

NACP partners include the Bureau of Meteorology, UK Met Office, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland, Department of Primary Industries and Resources Northern Territory, Department of Primary Industries and Resource Development Western Australia, Rangelands NRM Western Australia, Southern Gulf NRM, Gulf Savannah NRM and Fitzroy Basin Association Incorporated.   

Climate Mates, along with project partners, conduct workshops, field day talks, property visits, and webinars about climate forecasts to help with decisions for reducing climate risk.  

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Project Leader: David Cobon

Research Team: Dr Chelsea Jarvis | Dr Christa Pudmenzky | Mrs Laura Guillory | Dr Thong Huy Nguyen

Forewarned is forearmed: Equipping farmers and agricultural value chains to proactively manage the impacts of extreme climate events.

Australian farmers operate in one of the most variable climates in the world, with extreme events and climate variability the largest drivers of fluctuations in annual agricultural income and production.

The aim of the Forewarned is Forearmed project is to deliver direct value to the northern red meat and sugar industries through improving the seasonal forecast of extreme climate events (such as extreme high or low rainfall, heat, cold and frost) providing farmers with forecasts of these events beyond the typical seven days, into weeks and seasons ahead. This knowledge will equip farmers with the information and tools to be forewarned and change their management practices so they are proactively prepared. The project outputs will decrease the impacts of extreme climate events on farm and industry profit.