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OUR RESEARCH

Aerial view of mixed crops at Coolamon, NSW. 1999.
  • Our work aims to enable farmers and agri-business with the capability, tools and options to manage existing and future on-farm risk leading to sound long-term investment choices in the face of a variable and changing climate. This will support Australian agriculture and service industries to grow markets and obtain advantage from low emission differentiated product.

Our main research areas are:

Mitigation and Adaptation

Our team links climate science (short-term weather, seasonal and multi-decadal climate change scales) with food systems analysis to support  decision making processes from farmer to policy levels so as to achieve sustainable development outcomes.

We synthesise a combination of spatial modelling, statistical analysis of climate-related data, whole-farm bio-economic modelling, value chain analysis and participatory engagement tools.

Weather and Climate Decisions

Our team delivers actionable weather and climate knowledge to help agricultural sectors manage variability in their business.  We have a deep understanding of the available weather and climate forecast information available, how skilful these forecasts are and how they can be interpreted and implemented into a decision framework. We work with domain specialists to integrate this knowledge into key decision points to increase productivity and profitability to farmers and agribusiness along the agricultural supply chain.

Life Cycle Assessments

Capturing the full extent of resource usage and environmental impacts from agricultural production and service delivery, and identifying areas for improvement.

Chameleon Water Sensor and Virtual Irrigation Academy

CSIRO has developed the Chameleon soil water system that visually shows farmers whether there is too much soil moisture (blue light), too little soil moisture (red light), or an adequate level (green light) at different soil depths. A suite of tools also measure salt and nitrate levels. Combined, this system helps farmers make informed management decisions. 

Adaptive Value Chains

The impacts of climate change are felt along the whole chain of actors that produce, handle, process and market agri-food products. Our work aims to help agri-food companies to systematically identify, assess, prioritise and act against risks and to seize opportunities that extreme weather and a changing climate might offer to their chains using a value chain approach.