Developing improved drought preparedness programs and processes in the State of Queensland has entailed a long process that originated

TABLE 24.1

Listing of Formal Initial QDMC Projects for 2016/17 as Part of the Overall DCAP Program Funded by the Queensland Government (Missing Numbered Projects Are Those in Other Fields and Not Part of the Overall QDMC Project List)

DCAP2 Improving seasonal climate forecasts (QBO, STR, etc. included in conjunction with ENSO)

DCAP3 Improve the ability of forecasts to predict multiyear drought—integrating the UKMO DePreSys model or similar into decadal forecasts (collaboration with BoM/UKMO)

DCAP5 Regional climate change adaptation for agricultural industries

DCAP6 Producing enhanced/named-peril crop insurance systems (collaboration with major international reinsurance agencies)

DCAP7.1 Developing products for use in drought monitoring: drought index application

DCAP7.2 Developing products for use in drought monitoring: improved crop yield and production forecasts (integrating seasonal forecasts with a multicrop modeling approach)

DCAP9 Developing and customizing decision support tools (e.g., "GRAZe-ON," "Droughtplan," "Rainman," "ClimateARM")

DCAP13 Revamping the successful Managing for Climate strong user engagement workshops across the state

DCAP14 Crop production modeling under climate change and regional adaptation

DCAP15 Assessing the economic value of improved climate risk management strategies through the application of seasonal climate forecasts for key agricultural industries in Queensland

in a more thorough understanding of the climatic mechanisms responsible for the extremely high levels of year-to-year rainfall variability in Queensland in the 1990s. Coupled with the improved understanding of the causes of this climate variability—and hence offering the possibility of predicting and preparing for high rainfall variability and drought— has been the development of many crop and pasture simulation modeling systems and associated decision-support systems. Nevertheless, drought preparedness has remained a relatively slow and incomplete task over the past 20-30 years, despite the fact that so much progress had been made in Queensland in climate and farming systems research over that period. A remarkable breakthrough recently occurred in 2016 with the Queensland Government now utilizing these scientific and decision-support system advances to incorporate the QDMC. Through a series of subprojects, which range from further improving seasonal climate and decadal forecasting to innovative named-peril farm insurance systems and reintroducing previously successful Managing for Climate farmer workshops, it is envisaged that Queensland rural producers and others along the agricultural supply chain will now be better able to further enhance their capability to manage for the many droughts and protracted droughts that will occur in Queensland in the future.

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