Global expert offers free Sunshine Coast climate workshop

Agricultural industries in the Sunshine Coast area will have the rare opportunity to explore the latest climate forecasting information with leading climatologist, Professor Roger Stone from the University of Southern Queensland, at a free workshop on June 13th at the Rural Futures Centre in Pomona.

Roger Stone has worked in meteorological and climatological research globally for over 30 years, particularly in modelling climate systems to agricultural production and water resource management.

He will provide information on El Nino and La Nina, the SOI (Southern Oscillation Index), and their association with rainfall in the Sunshine Coast district. New forecast system information developed with international partners will also be presented, which is assisting the industries to improve planning and marketing decisions.

Damien O’Sullivan, DAF Climate Risk Project Manager with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will join Professor Stone to discuss how the wide range of climate information available on the internet and elsewhere can be used by businesses to help decision making.

‘Whether we’re talking about climate variability or climate change, the bottom line for business is understanding and reducing the risk,” Susie Chapman, Regional Landcare Facilitator with Healthy Land and Water said.

“This remarkable opportunity will provide the most current information and tools available to assist all producers to achieve that.”

As part of the Queensland Government’s Drought and Climate Adaption Program across the state supported by the University of Southern Queensland, this free workshop is hosted by Noosa Landcare, Country Noosa and Healthy Land and Water through the National Landcare Program.

It runs from 8.30am -12.30pm at the Rural Futures Centre, 65 Pavilion St Pomona and morning tea and lunch are provided, however registrations are essential. Please send registration details to

Professor Stone has held a number of leading positions around the world, mainly as the director of various government climate applications research centres. He is currently the Director of the International Centre for Applied Climate Sciences and a Professor in Climate Science at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia.

He currently holds the position of Program Chair within the United Nations/World Meteorological Organisation Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM), providing research leadership in the fields of climate variability, climate change and natural disasters in agriculture.

Professor Stone also leads the Australian representation at the Integrated Drought Management Program at the Centre for Research Excellence in Agricultural Meteorology, the Commission for Climatology, and at the World Meteorological Organisation’s international congress meetings.

Popular Stories

Healthy Land and Water 2018: A year in review

Explore News
2018 HAS been a momentous 12 months for Healthy Land and Water; a year filled with success and progress as we continue our mission to improve and protect South East Queensland's…

SEQ Rainfall and Flooding 2022 Recovery Grants - More time to apply!

Explore News
  The deadline to apply for an Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant (EDARG) has been extended to 10 March 2023!  Up to $75,000 is available for primary producers and $50,000…

New $25,000 litter program launched in Caboolture River

Explore News
A car tyre, election signs, chairs, fishing equipment, eskies and three large bags of rubbish were plucked from the Caboolture River during day one of a new waterway litter removal…

Get in touch

Healthy Land and Water is dedicated to the care of our unique and beautiful land, waterways and biodiversity.

  • Address: Level 19, 160 Ann Street Brisbane QLD 4000
  • PO Box: 13204, George Street Brisbane QLD 4003
  • Phone: (07) 3177 9100
  • Fax: (07) 3177 9190
  • Email:

We won't ever sell or rent your information. Read our Privacy Policy.
© Healthy Land and Water 2023