Central Queensland cattle grazier beating climate odds, despite droughts and flooding rains

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

“The only place with a more variable than where I live is the desert,” says Peter Whip, Longreach grazier and Managing Climate Variability (MCV) Climate Champion farmer. Yet Peter and his wife Raeleen managed to survive eight years of drought during the first part of this century and expand their beef cattle business in 2011.

Three new project updates: reducing emissions, increasing forecast value, improving regional forecasts

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

We’ve recently published research updates for three of MCV’s projects: Can advances in mid-term weather forecasts reduce emissions from nitrogen fertiliser? and Increasing POAMA’s seasonal forecast value.

Evaluating MCV, 2009-16 and into the future

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Current investment in the Managing Climate Variability program (MCV) is entering its final year of funding. Independent evaluators updated a 2013 economic evaluation of the impacts of the MCV program, doing a benefit–cost analysis for years ending 30 June 2009 to 2016. Compared to previous investment, there was more concentrated in climate science to target

CLIMAG edition 26, July 2015

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

CliMag edition 26 is now available – our free newsletter, published once a year, keeps you up-to-date with our research, and how our research findings are being applied in agriculture and natural resource management.

$1.8 million grant to improve critical forecasts for farmers

Monday, July 6th, 2015

$1.8 million funding has been announced for a farmer-focused seasonal forecasting project, reaffirming climate as one of the most important drivers of agricultural production in Australia. In early May, the Australian Government confirmed support of the three-year project, which brings together MCV partners and others, lead by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).

Will the rains arrive early? North Australian farmers can now find out

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Farmers in the Top End can now find out whether the first rainfalls of the wet season are likely to arrive earlier than usual, with the introduction of the Bureau of Meteorology’s new northern rainfall onset outlook. The new service is the result of research that began in 2010, co-funded by Managing Climate Variability rural research partners and the Bureau.

CLIMAG issue 25, June 2014

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

CLIMAG 25 is now available for download.

Improved seasonal climate forecasts: the benefits for Australia’s economy

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Centre for International Economics has estimated the potential value of improved seasonal climate forecasts for 11 sectors of Australia’s economy.

New research project – Predicting heat extremes on the multi-week timescale

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Can POAMA predict extreme heat events for forecast timescales of less than one month?

CLIMAG issue 24, May 2013

Friday, May 10th, 2013

CLIMAG 24 is now available for download.