Water resources

aerial of river winding through coastal flood plain

There’s talk of a ‘food bowl’ in northern Australia. Around Darwin in the Northern Territory it’s more likely to be a fruit bowl, according to a new study of the potential for irrigated agricultural development in the region’s river catchments.

aerial of a braided sandy river bed

Water alone won’t make irrigated agriculture financially viable in northern Australia’s Mitchell River catchment. Local processing facilities will be needed to get a return on investment for any large-scale investment.

setting sun reflecting off river cliffs

An important part of the Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment was engagement with the Indigenous Traditional Owners of the catchments.

reeds appearing above reflective water

While knowledge of water availability is key to managing Murray-Darling Basin water resources, a commensurate understanding of ecosystem ecological response to flow regulation is also required to aid environmental management.

flood waters in weir

There’s an upside to the carbon-rich, black water that sometimes flows off the floodplains and into the rivers of the Murray–Darling Basin.

taken from underwater with weed below water line and trees above

Computer models will inform the delivery of Murray-Darling environmental waters to restore the flows that support thriving native fish populations.

a muddle of carp

CSIRO scientists have developed new tools to help control two feral pests wrecking havoc above and below the waters of the Murray-Darling Basin: the willow tree and the carp.

Understanding human impact on the water cycle is a tricky business - one clue is to be found in evapotranspiration. Novel use of satellite data is helping us measure something we can't see.

cattle on dry river bed

Graziers the world over are facing increasingly variable rainfall, new research shows. The next question is: How will they manage their livestock as they face this unpredictability?