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DCAP projects

DCAP project summaries

DCAP round two projects

  • The inside edge for graziers to master Qld’s drought prone climate (Dr Ramona Dalla-Pozza)
  • Innovative research will be converted into information systems and processes to support Queensland graziers to manage drought and climate challenges more effectively.

    DSITI’s research will give Queensland graziers the “inside edge” to master our drought-prone climate, enabling proactive climate responsive business decisions. This project will yield climate-savvy graziers that will continuously adapt to Queensland’s variable and changing climate.

  • Do we really know our baseline climate? Using palaeoclimate data to plan and prepare for extreme events and floods in Qld (Dr Ramona Dalla-Pozza)
  • The project will use palaeoclimate data to produce a 1000 year rainfall record for Queensland which better describes the risk of extreme droughts and floods.

    The Queensland agriculture sector will be supported in better understanding and preparing for extreme climate events with the extended short instrumental climate record going back over 1000 years.

  • Enabling drought resilience and adaptation: A program of social research and knowledge support (Dr Jeanette Durante)
  • Better understanding of the barriers to managing climate risk and preparing for drought will be used to improve information products and tools to support better decision making in the grazing industry.

    This applied research project will engage directly with Queensland graziers, extension officers and scientists to identify barriers to drought preparedness, and strategies to assist the grazing industry to improve business resilience and adaptation to drought.

  • Northern Australia Climate Program (Mr David Cobon)
  • Rainfall forecasts will be improved across northern Australia to help graziers make more informed management decisions. New forecasts will be introduced into grazier networks to allow ease of use and application of the information into management of grazing businesses.

    Queensland graziers will be directly supported through improved seasonal climate forecasts, development of information products for grazier decision making and integration of this information into existing and new extension activities.

  • Producing enhanced crop insurance systems and associated financial decision support tools – Phase 2 (Dr Shahbaz Mushtaq)
  • Improving climate risk insurance products for agriculture will support Queensland primary producers to independently manage climate risk more effectively.

    Recommendations will be developed for agricultural industries and the insurance industry on how more affordable insurance products and viable markets for agricultural insurance products can be established and maintained for Queensland rural industries.

  • Delivering integrated production and economic knowledge and skills to improve drought management outcomes for grazing systems (Dr Maree Bowen)
  • The economic impacts of grazing management decisions will be analysed to improve the capacity of businesses to manage the productivity and profitability challenges of droughts in Queensland.

    The skills and knowledge of managers of Queensland grazing businesses will then be developed and supported to assess the economic implications of on-farm drought management decisions.

  • Use of BoM multi-week and seasonal forecasts to facilitate improved management decisions in Qld’s vegetable industry (Mr David Carey)
  • Improved temperature forecasts will be developed and customised to enhance farm management decision making in the Queensland vegetable industry and improve the capacity of the horticulture industry to manage climate variability and adapt to a changing climate.

  • GrazingFutures: Promoting a resilient grazing industry (Dr David Phelps)
  • Supporting western Queensland grazing businesses to prosper and grow based on best management practice, science and industry experience.

    Grazing businesses across western Queensland will identify and implement changes on-farm which improve business resilience to drought and climate extremes and deliver enhanced community and economic development outcomes.

  • Forewarned is forearmed: Equipping farmers and agricultural value chains to proactively manage the impacts of extreme climate events (Mr Neil Cliffe)
  • Improving and customising forecasts of extreme rainfall and temperature events will be developed to help primary producers to make more informed short and medium term management decisions to improve farm profitability in Queensland’s grazing and sugar industries.

DCAP round one projects

Research projects

  • Social research into barriers to adoption
    Research will examine the barriers to Queensland graziers using tools to effectively manage climate variability and prepare for drought

  • Co-innovation R&D for Profit Pilot project
    Findings from three drought-affected communities will be applied in a national project which uses a community wide co-innovation processes to foster climate
    resilience in rural communities.

  • Improving seasonal forecasts
    Research will incorporate new climate drivers including the Quasi Biennial Oscillation and the Sub-Tropical Ridge into existing forecast systems to improve forecasting skill

  • Modelling multi-year droughts
    Research applies a coupled climate model to improve predictions of multi-year droughts to trial decadal forecasts

  • Quantifying multi-year droughts
    Research quantifies the risk of multi-year drought events from historical climate records

  • Enhanced multi-peril crop insurance products
    Research is developing prototype multi-peril crop insurance products to support a viable market for managing cropping risk in Australia

  • Economic value of SCF in agriculture
    Research is discovering the economic value of improved climate risk strategies through adoption of improved seasonal climate forecasting in selected primary industries

  • Palaeoclimate data for water security
    Research will incorporates palaeoclimate data into water security planning and decision making in south-east Queensland catchments

Development projects

  • CC projections for agriculture risk management
    Development of climate change projection data for use in biophysical crop, pasture and animal modelling processes

  • Drought monitoring indices
    Assessing a range of drought warning indices to develop a spatial drought index product for northern Australia for use as a drought management tool

  • Crop forecast models
    Developing improved crop forecast tools by using a multi-crop model approach which integrates seasonal climate forecasting

  • Pasture alerts
    Developing customised pasture alerts by combining pasture modelling and seasonal forecasting to support improved grazing management decision making

  • Developing and customising decision support tools
    Developing and customising decision support tools including Will it Rain (Ver 4), web based BBSAFe, Facebook - Who got the rain, and updating ClimateARM

  • LongPaddock 2020/FORAGE/Agile PM
    Development of LongPaddock as a data portal accessible from a cloud based web source

  • Crop production modelling under climate change
    Developing detailed biophysical and economic assessments of adaptation options to climate change scenarios for Queensland agricultural industries

Extension projects

  • Regional climate change adaptation for agriculture
    Encouraging agriculture industry stakeholders to apply the climate risk matrix to improve their capacity to adapt to, and manage, climate change impacts

  • Communicating climate change impacts to agriculture
    Encouraging agriculture industry stakeholders to use climate change adaptation information and tools to manage climate change impacts

  • Revamping Managing for Climate workshops
    Helping agriculture industry stakeholders to build individual understanding and skills to manage climate risks

  • GrazingFutures for Western Queensland
    Improving management of climate variability and resilience to drought in the grazing industry in Western Queensland, through the implementation of the grazing Best Management Program.

  • Business mentoring for the grazing industry
    Helping grazing industry businesses to build business capacity to manage climate and business shocks