A basin-scale investigation into water availability in the Murray-Darling Basin and the impacts of development, water extraction and climate.

We have completed a series of reports which assessed current and future water availability in the Murray-Darling Basin.

In 2007 and 2008, the Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project assessed the likely impacts of climate change on the surface water and groundwater resources of the Murray-Darling Basin. This region covers one million square kilometres and supplies at least 40 per cent of the national's agricultural production.

CSIRO was contracted by the National Water Commission to provide the assessments, which led to the world's largest basin-scale investigation of the impacts on water resources of:

  • catchment development
  • changing groundwater extraction
  • climate variability
  • climate change.

The Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project delivered the most comprehensive and complex whole-of-basin water assessment ever undertaken in Australia.

The final publications include a whole-of Basin report and comprehensive results for each of the 18 regions in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Water availability in the Murray-Darling basin: a report from CSIRO to the Australian Government (CSIRO Research Publications Repository)

Lessons from the Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project (CSIRO Research Publications Repository)

Map showing the Murray-Darling Basin and the 18 regions it was divided into as part of the project

Map showing the Murray-Darling Basin and the 18 regions it was divided into as part of the project. The regions are in Qld, NSW, Vic and SA. They are:

  • Paroo
  • Warrego
  • Condamine-Balonne
  • Moonie
  • Border rivers
  • Gwydir
  • Namoi
  • Barwon-Darling
  • Macquarie-Castlereagh
  • Murray
  • Lachlan
  • Murrimbidgee
  • Wimmera
  • Loddon-Avoca
  • Goulburn-Broken
  • Campaspe
  • Ovens
  • Eastern Mt Lofty Ranges

The regions covered by the Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project

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