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Accessing and using SILO

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SILO (Scientific Information for Land Owners) is a database of historical climate records for Australia. It provides daily datasets for a range of climate variables and in formats suitable for a variety of applications.

SILO data are an enabling technology which allows clients to focus on their research, without the burden of data preparation. Our products support a wide range of research projects and decision support systems because:

  • we provide national coverage, with no missing data;
  • the datasets are ready to use, in a variety of formats; and
  • collaboration is fostered by the use of common datasets.

SILO provides data to the Queensland Government, other state and federal agencies, CSIRO, Universities, consultants and landholders. SILO data are freely available under the Queensland Government’s Open Data program.

Current initiatives by the SILO team are to:

  • maintain and improve the quality of systems delivering historical data;
  • incorporate climate change scenarios into the SILO dataset to allow the delivery of daily projections for 2030 and 2050 at any location in Australia;
  • develop new ways to deliver climate change scenarios to help analyse climate change impacts and development of adaptation policy by SILO’s clients; and
  • raise awareness of SILO’s current and proposed services.

SILO data

SILO datasets are constructed from observational records provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. SILO processes the raw data which may contain missing values and will infill these gaps with interpolated values, to derive datasets which are both spatially and temporally complete.

For a brief comparison of the products available from SILO and the Bureau, please see our product comparison (PDF). For a detailed analysis of the interpolated surfaces provided by SILO and the Bureau, please see Beesley (2009).

Last updated: 23 July 2019