Perry Poulton is a research agronomist with the CSIRO in Brisbane, Queensland with over 30 years experience in farming systems in Australia and internationally. During his career, Perry has developed extensive skills and experience in key areas of: biological/ soil process monitoring and modelling, micro-meteorological calibration and monitoring, remote sensing/electronic instrumentation, information and communication technology, farming systems experimentation, and farmer engagement.
Perry has worked in rice based farming systems in India, Bangladesh and Cambodia with past research activities aimed at developing capacity to model local farming systems in West Timor and Nepal and Southern Africa. Key focus is using farming system modelling tools to explore opportunities for improving livelihoods of subsistence farmers through improving management practice, evaluation of climatic risk and introduction of new cropping options.
Current work is focused on prospects to increase farming systems opportunities from irrigation in Northern Australia and the utility of aerial photogrammetry for developing a high resolution ground surface and flow path prediction models for assessing impact of changing surface hydrology in integrated landscapes.
Irrigated agricultural development in northern Australia: Value-chain challenges and opportunities