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Australian Grassland and Rangeland Assessment by Spatial Simulation (Aussie GRASS) High Rainfall Zone Temperate Pastures Sub-project

Front cover for AussieGRASS High Rainfall Zone Temperate Pastures report

Front cover for AussieGRASS High Rainfall Zone Temperate Pastures report

QNR9 Final Report for the Climate Variability in Agriculture Program

April 2001
Graeme Tupper, John Crichton, Doug Alcock and Harpal Mavi

The Final Report of the 'Development of a National Drought Alert Strategic Information System' project (Brook 1996) made a number of research and extension recommendations should a second round of funding be obtained to continue the work. These recommendations then formed the basis for the Aussie GRASS proposal to the Climate Variability in Agriculture Program (CVAP) of the Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation (LWRRDC).

A key component of the Aussie GRASS proposal was the recognition that use of the GRASP pasture production model in the prototype national modelling framework may not be optimal, particularly for those temperate vegetation types in the high rainfall zone of New South Wales (NSW). These concerns were based on a number of climatic and biological aspects that differentiate these vegetation communities from those in drier and/or hotter regions, including rainfall seasonality, plant growth and decay rates, plant community demographics and functionality, dynamic shrub processes, shrub/tree browse component, and plant community composition. Hence the High Rainfall Zone Temperate Pastures sub-project was charged with, amongst other things, refining the national spatial model so as to ensure its applicability to the eastern half of NSW.

Full report (PDF, 10M, last updated 01:38PM, 5 December 2008)*

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Last updated 22 February 2016

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