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Dr Xiaoliang Wu: using remotely-sensed data to better understand our environment

Dr Xiaoliang Wu uses his expertise in digital photogrammetry and computer vision to make sense of remotely-sensed (airborne and satellite) environmental monitoring data.

Water shows its worth

Life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies have been used to calculate and compare the economic value of water used in the minerals sector with that used in the industrial and agricultural sectors.

Understanding bushfire behaviour

Bushfire experts have teamed together to provide vital information on predicting the behaviour and management of bushfires.

VegTrack: natural resource management database

VegTrack provides users with critical natural resource management information to monitor and assess their activities.

Urban planning overview

We're helping to revitalise Australia’s cities with new design, planning and engineering technologies. Australia’s cities are vast, inter-connected systems that pose complex planning issues - CSIRO is helping revitalise our urban environment with new design, planning and engineering technologies.

Award-winning research by the Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research

This video discusses the winning of a Medal For Research Achievement 2006 by the Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research, led by Dr Graeme Batley. (2:00)

Developing sustainability strategies for regional communities in Victoria

The Sustainable Communities Initiative has completed a project in partnership with Regional Development Victoria (RDV) working with communities in the five Victorian Regions on local sustainability challenges.

Threatened species and ecosystems of coastal north Queensland

North Queensland's coastal lowlands have been extensively cleared for agriculture and housing, but the remnant patches of forest that remain among the farmlands are still rich in biodiversity, and support a number of well known threatened species. This project aims to improve their chances of long-term survival.

Modelling the growth of environmental plantings and on-farm remnant forests

By collecting data on the growth of several tree species used for environmental plantings in lower rainfall regions, researchers have improved forest growth models.

Tree breeding and genetic conservation

CSIRO is breeding and conserving Australian tree species for restoration of degraded environments and to help ensure global wood security.

Recharge: turning stormwater into drinking water

A South Australian project demonstrates that water, currently left to flow down our gutters, can be treated to produce drinking water.

Understanding tropical cyclones

Tropical cyclones threaten northern Australia every year. Recent Australian flooding and cyclonic events can be largely explained by a strong La Niña. However, sea surface temperatures off the northern Australian coast in 2011 were at or near record levels. The extremely high sea surface temperatures are part of a significant warming of the oceans that has been observed in the past 50 years. These pages provide some information about the causes, occurrence and impacts of tropical cyclones.

Terrestrial mapping and monitoring

Clever statistical methods are being applied to satellite imagery to improve environmental knowledge and management.

Ten Commitments: Reshaping the Lucky Country’s Environment

A must read book for politicians, policy makers, practioners and anyone with an interest in Australia's environment. All the authors of the chapters in this book are leaders in the field and each was ask: 'What are the 10 key issues that must be addressed urgently to improve Australia's environment?'

The Tamar sustainability index: quantifying the value of environmental stewardship services

The Tamar Sustainability Index is a system for calculating the benefits of environmental stewardship services that farmers provide to the wider community in the Tamar region of Tasmania.

Sustaining Australia's Biodiversity brochure

This two-page brochure talks about biodiversity in Australia and strategies to sustain it.


CSIRO is able to offer thermometrics services - a technique used to establish the water salinity and the time of trapping of inclusions in rocks.

International collaboration to develop statistical tools for ecological management

Environmental statisticians from CSIRO and Keio University, Japan, are working together to develop solutions for environmental problems.

Starbug: CSIRO's award-winning robotic submarine

Starbug is an inexpensive, miniature autonomous underwater vehicle ideal for data collection and ecosystem surveys.

Sustainable regional development

CSIRO is improving the sustainability of Australia’s regions and communities.

Spectacled Flying Fox

Management of the Spectacled Flying Fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) is one of the most contentious natural resource issues in the Wet Tropics. Like other flying foxes, P. conspicillatus is highly mobile and lives at a large spatial scale, crossing mountains, rivers and habitat boundaries.

Monitoring water quality in South-East Queensland

CSIRO is helping to develop water quality monitoring programs for the bays, estuaries and freshwaters of South-East Queensland. CSIRO worked with government, industry, universities and the community to develop a water quality management strategy for the bays, estuaries and freshwaters of South-East Queensland.

Supporting communities to understand change in the Surat Basin

The collective skills and experience of Sustainable Communities Initiative partners has helped to guide local agencies and groups in the sustainable management of regional expansion associated with a resource boom in the Surat Basin in southern Queensland, Australia.

Soil carbon: the basics

Soil organic carbon is a complex and varied mixture of materials and makes up a small but vital part of all soils.

Guidelines for surveying soil and land resources

This publication promotes the development and implementation of consistent methods and standards for conducting soil and land resource surveys in Australia. These surveys are primarily field operations that aim to identify, describe, map and evaluate the various kinds of soil or land resources in specific areas.

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