SILO provides data to the Queensland Government, other state and federal agencies, the CSIRO, Universities, consultants and landholders. These are some of its many uses:
SILO provides the climate data used by:
SILO rainfall data are used for assessing drought conditions in Queensland.
SILO data have been used by CSIRO for evaluation of agricultural development feasibility.
Modelling of reef catchment water quality for the annual Great Barrier Reef Report Card.
The SILO data system began in 1996 as a collaborative project between the Queensland Government and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to provide gap-free climate data sets for biophysical modelling, and was initially funded by the first national Climate Variability Program.