Northern Australia

A prawn

Kirsten Rose - Executive Director of Future Industries - reflects on CSIRO's 90 years of work in northern Australia, and outlines our vision for the future.

Our scientists have been working in northern Australia for more than 90 years. Science and technology continues to transform the north, a region spanning more than 40 per cent of Australia's land mass.

Australia is one of the sunniest places on the planet. That means we lose large volumes of water from our reservoirs through evaporation. Our scientists have created a way to measure evaporation rates with expert precision, helping to better manage water resources.

In a region long touted as a food bowl, our scientists are working on smart, sustainable options for northern Australia food production.

A women looks at mango flowers on a tree

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.

Lateral view of ten preserved oriole specimens showing colour variation from olive through yellow to brown.

The swampy savanna of New Guinea’s Trans-Fly is a frontier for evolutionary biologists studying the blurry lines between species.

car and caravan driving on a dirt road with a blue sky and clouds

Understanding Australia’s goods and people movement to save costs and target infrastructure investment.

Aerial photo of bush with people and truck with a drill rig attached, and mountains in the distance

CSIRO has delivered the most extensive, integrated assessment of northern Australia’s water resources and the potential for further irrigated agricultural development. Big idea, big landscape, big data. Here is why the work was necessary and how the results can be used.

aerial photo of a sandy river bed with some water flow and riparian bushland

An extensive assessment of water resources in the Fitzroy River catchment points to the region’s largely untapped aquifer systems as key to the potential for irrigated agricultural development.