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Dr Andrew Moore

Leader, Digiscape Future Science Platform

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Dr Andrew Moore leads the Digiscape Future Science Platform within CSIRO. Future Science Platforms are major, multi-year investments by CSIRO in frontier science that are reinventing and creating new industries for Australia.

Dr Moore leads researchers, engineers and software specialists across Australia who are producing next-generation decision tools to transform the agriculture and land management sector. During 2019 and 2020 Digiscape has launched

  • the Graincast grain yield and area forecasting system
  • the 1622-WQ online tool for water quality monitoring in the Great Barrier Reef hinterland
  • LOOC-C, the Landscape Options and Opportunities for Carbon abatement Calculator
  • the WaterWise irrigation scheduling technology
  • the ePaddocks map of paddock boundaries across the Australian cropping zone

Digiscape is bringing to bear cutting edge climate science; new sources of locally and remotely sensed data; informatics for agro-ecosystems; rigorous analysis of uncertainties; and innovation in both the ICT and social dimensions of systems integration.

Dr Moore started his scientific career as an ecologist, studying plant-animal interactions in the South Australian arid zone and then building and analysing simple models of vegetation dynamics at the ANU. He joined CSIRO in 1989, at which time his focus shifted from natural to agricultural ecosystems. He is based at Canberra, Australia.

His ongoing research interests include:

  • improving the understanding and management of integrated crop-livestock systems, through both modelling and experimentation;
  • understanding the interactions between provisioning services and other ecosystem services in farming lands;
  • mathematical modelling of pasture growth and quality; and
  • the application of agricultural simulation models in decision-making, in particular through the GRAZPLAN decision support tools..

Dr Moore was a member of the GRDC Water Use Efficiency team that was awarded a 2013 CSIRO Medal.

Selected recent publications

  • Sándor R, Ehrhardt F, Grace PR, Recous S, Smith P, Snow VO, Soussana JF, Basso B, Bhatia A, Brilli L, Doltra J, Dorich CD, Doro L, Fitton N, Grant B, Harrison MT, Kirschbaum MUF, Klumpp K, Laville P, Léonard J, Martin R, Massad RS, Moore AD, Myrgiotis M, Pattey E, Zhang Q, Rolinski S, Sharp J, Skiba U, Smith WN, Wu LH, Bellocchi G (2020) Ensemble modelling of carbon fluxes in grasslands and croplands. Field Crops Research 252, 107791
  • Ma LW, Derner JD, Harmel RD, Tatarko J, Moore AD, Rotz CA, Augustine DJ, Boone RB, Coughenour MB, Beukes PC, van Wijk MT, Bellocchi G, Cullen BR, Wilmer H (in press) Application of grazing land models in ecosystem management: current status and next frontiers. Advances in Agronomy 158 173-310
  • Robertson MJ, Moore AD, Barry SC, Lamb DW, Henry DA, Brown JN, Darnell R, Gaire R, Grundy MJ, George AW, Donohue RJ (2019) Digital agriculture. In ‘Australian agriculture in 2020: from conservation to automation.’ (Eds J Pratley, JA Kirkegaard) pp. 389-403. (Agronomy Australia and Charles Sturt University: Wagga Wagga)
  • Bell LW, Moore AD, Thomas DT (2018) Integrating diverse forage sources reduces feed gaps on mixed crop-livestock farms across Australia. Animal 12, 1967-1980
  • Janssen S, Porter CH, Moore AD, Athanasiadis IN, Foster I, Jones JW, Antle JM (2017) Towards a new generation of agricultural system models and knowledge products: building an open web-based approach to agricultural data, system modeling, and decision support. Agricultural Systems 155, 200-212
  • Bell LW, Moore AD, Kirkegaard JA (2014) Evolution in crop-livestock integration systems that improve farm productivity and environmental performance in Australia. European Journal of Agronomy 57, 10-20
  • Holzworth DP, Huth NI, deVoil PG, Zurcher EJ, Herrmann NI, McLean G, Chenu K, van Oosterom E, Snow VO, Murphy C, Moore AD, Brown HE et al. (2014) APSIM - evolution towards a new generation of agricultural systems simulation. Environmental Modelling and Software 62, 327-350
  • Kirkegaard JA, Hunt JR, Lilley JM, Moore AD, Verburg K, Robertson MJ, Oliver YM, McBeath TM, Whitbread AM (2014) Improving water productivity in the Australian Grains industry – a nationally coordinated approach. Crop and Pasture Science 65, 583-601
  • Moore AD, Holzworth DP, Herrmann NI, Brown HE, de Voil PG, Snow VO, Zurcher EJ, Huth NI (2014) Modelling the manager: representing rule-based management in farming systems simulation models. Environmental Modelling and Software 62, 399-410
  • Snow VO, Rotz CA, Moore AD, Martin-Clouaire R, Johnson IR, Hutchings NJ, Eckard RJ (2014) The challenges – and some solutions – to process-based modelling of grazed agricultural systems. Environmental Modelling and Software 62, 420-436
  • Bradshaw CJA, Bowman DMJS, Bond NR, Murphy BP, Moore AD, Fordham DA, Thackway R, Lawes MJ, McCallum H, Gregory SD, Dalal RC, Boer MM, et al. (2013) Brave new green world - the costs and benefits of a carbon economy for the conservation of Australian biodiversity. Biological Conservation 161, 71-90
    Moore AD, Ghahramani A (2013) Climate change and broadacre livestock production across southern Australia. 1. Impacts of climate change on pasture and livestock productivity, and on sustainable levels of profitability. Global Change Biology 19, 1440-1455

Academic Qualifications

  • 1984

    B.Sc. (Hons), University of Adelaide

  • 1989

    Ph.D., Australian National University

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2012-2020

    Agriculture & Food Vacation Scholarships Committee