Issue 265 Adaptation
In a changing climate crop seasons may change, rainfall patterns may shift and the abundance of endangered species like the Asian house gecko may decline. In this April edition of ECOS, we explore climate adaptation – how CSIRO is contributing solutions like deploying novel interventions in the Great Barrier Reef, helping to empower farmers, and conducting detailed survey work at Ashmore Reef.
Novel interventions are more than a ‘cool idea’ for the Great Barrier Reef
The best scientific minds are applying novel interventions to help the Great Barrier Reef fight and adapt to climate change. From freezing coral larvae to shading and cooling measures, learn how we're hoping to help the Reef.
Science on an island sanctuary: Surveying Ashmore Reef Marine Park
Ashmore Reef Marine Park is one of Australia's most remote marine parks. Recent fieldwork will help Parks Australia adaptively manage this island sanctuary.
Understanding climate change impacts on mangoes in the Northern Territory
As temperatures increase in the Northern Territory, timing and triggers for important stages of the mango production cycle might be impacted. A team of climate researchers and horticulturalists is working together to understand what some of these changes may look like so the industry can prepare.
Global trade crucial to resilient food systems: lessons from African swine fever
Disease outbreaks, like extreme events can strike anywhere, at any time. Hot on the heels of severe bushfires in Australia over the summer, heat waves in India and Japan, and locust plagues in Eastern Africa, we have COVID-19. Another disease outbreak is looming large in the agriculture sector: African swine fever.
Locating the hotspot for groundwater arsenic pollution
A new computer model to predict arsenic pollution will help to support water management decisions and develop new arsenic remediation strategies.
Genomic breakthrough in invasive species management
A cross-Tasman collaboration involving our Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform and Managing Invasive Species and Diseases program has produced the first full genome sequence of the ship rat.
WA farmers staying ahead of the curve, despite 100-year rainfall decline
Despite a rainfall decrease in Western Australia’s wheatbelt between 1900 and 2016, which has shifted wheat yield potential southwest by an average of 70km, actual wheat yields have increased.
Building resilience in the wake of a disaster
We Aussies like to think we’re resilient, but knowing what that looks like at a time of unprecedented challenge takes more than national pride – it takes good science.