Current Projects (Round 2)
The Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP) started with round one of projects in 2016–2017. View Round one projects
The current round two of DCAP projects to be conducted over the next four years include:
Innovative research will be converted into information systems and processes to support Queensland graziers to manage drought and climate challenges more effectively. DES’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Supporting wWestern Queensland grazing businesses will be supported to prosper and grow based on best management practice, science and industry experience. Grazing businesses across western Queensland will be able to identify and implement changes on-farm which improve business resilience to drought and climate extremes and deliver enhanced community and economic development outcomes.
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.
For a full list of DCAP research, development and extension projects, or for further information contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23 or email the DCAP program manager at DCAP@daf.qld.gov.au.