Queensland Drought and Mitigation centre launch
A NEW research centre is helping Queensland producers increase their resilience to drought and climate risks, thanks to a collaboration between the State Government and the University of Southern Queensland.
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Rural Economic Development Bill Byrne said the Queensland Drought Mitigation Centre helps Queensland producers manage increasingly volatile climate events.
“While drought is a part of life in Queensland, it’s one of the biggest challenges faced by our producers which leads to significant economic, environmental and social impacts,” Mr Byrne said.
“No group is affected by changes to our climate more than producers. They are on the front line and that is why this initiative is a major advance for our food and fibre sector.”
Mr Byrne said researchers were analysing historical climate data, including modelling over the past 1000 years, to identify long term patterns or links with climate drivers.
“Additionally, QDMC is offering support tools to help farm managers use these improved seasonal forecasts in their planning, along with providing advice on climate change projections at regional levels, and how to adapt to the climate” he said.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with USQ on this vital program as they have internationally recognised research and development expertise in this area.”
USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Verbyla said this was a fantastic opportunity to advance climate science research.
“We can work together to further improve climate research and forecasting,” Professor Verbyla said.
NEW INITIATIVE: Former Queensland State MP Kerry Shine, State Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne, and Dr Cheryl McCarthy from the National Centre for Engineering.