|December 2006||National Research Flagship||Water For A Healthy Country|
New guide to nutrients in
the tropical landscape
The 16-page A4 booklet 'Nutrients, catchments and reefs', produced by a team of scientists and science communicators, is designed primarily for landholders, land managers and senior school students. The booklet uses plain-language and lively graphics to introduce the role of nutrients in the environment. It explains nutrient cycles, the natural flow of nutrients from catchment to reef, the effects of increased nutrients (from human activities) on the GBR catchments and inshore environments, and what is being done on-ground to redress this nutrient imbalance.
The free booklet, funded by DEH, Catchment to Reef, Water for a Healthy Country Flagship through the Flagship Collaboration Fund, NAPSWQ, BDTNRM and FNQ NRM Ltd, will be available in early 2007 and will be distributed through the funding organisations and Regional NRM bodies.
BDTNRM – Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM Body; DEH
– Australian Government Department of Environment and Heritage; FNQ NRM Ltd
– Wet Tropics NRM Body; WFHC – Water for a Healthy Country Flagship (CSIRO);
NAPSWQ – National Action Plan (Water Quality State Investment Program)
Honour for Research excellence
Shahbaz Khan has been named recipient of the 2006 Charles Sturt University Vice Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence.
The Award comes in addition to taking out the University's Faculty of Science and Agriculture Research Excellence Award.
"These awards illustrate the success of CSIRO presence at the Wagga campus," Shahbaz told Monday Mail, "and of the strong partnerships we have with the CSU faculty and our PhD students."
Dr Khan and a number of colleagues moved from CSIRO's Griffith Laboratory last year to take up collaborative research on-site at Charles Sturt University's Wagga campus where Khan is Professor of Hydrology while heading up CLW's Irrigation Systems research stream.
It has been a busy year for Khan, with major publications including the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship reports Off-and on-farm savings of irrigation water. Murrumbidgee valley water efficiency feasibility project and Whole-of-catchment water and salt balance. Identifying potential water saving and management options in the Murrumbidgee catchment.
Khan and his team also manage UNESCO's HELP program in Australia, who have chosen our Lower Murrumbidgee Catchment at their first Global HELP Reference Basin.
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