New Climate Mate set to work with farmers to help predict seasons
PAUL Webb has recently been appointed the Climate Mate for Southwest Queensland.
There have been eight Climate Mates appointed across Australia as part of the Northern Australian Climate Program.
Mr Webb said he was excited to take on the role, which he started a month ago.
“I had a previous role in natural resource management,” he said.
“I’m a full-time student doing my PhD at the University of Southern Queensland, and this climate role relates to my research in sustainable grazing systems.
“It was just a great opportunity for me to be a conduit of information.”
Mr Webb said Australia has some of the best climate scientists in the world.
“In Toowoomba we host some of the scientists that lead the world in understanding climate systems,” he said.
“Within the State Government and the Australian Government networks we have some of the best pasture modelling scientists in the world who are interpreting all the available climate information and remote sensing information to try and make that into useful information for graziers and other agricultural industries.”
As a Climate Mate, Mr Webb’s job will focus on presenting and distributing that information to farmers.
“I’ll be trying to get the climate information that USQ and the Bureau of Meteorology can now produce, and try to make it palatable, accessible and also useful to graziers,” Mr Webb said.
“We can look at rainfall and pasture growth and try and predict what might grow in the next few months.
“For the BoM and Aussie Grass, which is a multiple-state government conglomerate looking at pasture growth related to climate, their capacity to measure pasture growth and rainfall has increased a lot, but also their options for presenting information is improving.
“They can put out predictions now that we are 75 per cent confident in.
“The idea is to make that information available to graziers to help them manage risk.”
NEW ROLE: Paul Webb has been appointed as a Climate Mate for Southwest Queensland.