CSIRO Land and Water provides the science to underpin Australia's economic, social and environmental prosperity through stewardship of land and water resources ecosystems, and urban areas.

Our research

Through an integrated systems research approach we provide the information and technologies required by government, industry and the Australian and international communities to protect, restore, and manage natural and built environments.

Our expertise addresses Australia's national challenges and is increasingly supporting developed and developing nations respond to complex economic, social and environmental issues related to water, land, cities and ecosystems.

[Zooming down to planet Earth from space, to a magnified view of a spinning DNA strand.]
VOICEOVER: With a view from space down to the inside of a cell, CSIRO Land and Water is helping solve the world's most complex environmental challenges. Our scientists are delivering innovative ideas and sustainable solutions that help manage the impacts we have on the environment that supports us. 
[Several teams are hard at work. A computer-generated topographical map, a city skyline, and a tractor pushing through a landfill.]
VOICEOVER: We're answering questions like, "How will Australia's biodiversity cope with a changing climate?", "How do ecosystems in the Murray Darling basin respond to different ways of managing water?", "What is the biggest impact we can have with our finite resources?" 
[From numerous water pipes feeding out of a river to a machine drilling for water.]
VOICEOVER: We're assessing Australia's essential water systems, forecasting water flows and availability, developing a clear picture of our groundwater systems. By sharing our knowledge and skills internationally, we can help other nations tackle their own water issues.
[A man is using a bottle attached to a rope to extract water from a well, and an Indian woman is washing clothes in a concrete basin.]
VOICEOVER: Our expertise is helping improve the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef, understanding the impacts and causes of extreme climate events, helping develop sustainable enterprises in Northern Australia and enabling the innovative cities of the future. 
[A small bushfire is burning, and murky water is flooding a suburb. CSIRO researchers are working in several locations, bottling a water sample, monitoring a small fire, and testing samples in a lab.]
VOICEOVER: By supporting industry to reduce environmental impacts, together we're discovering better ways of doing business. We're rehabilitating mining and industrial sites and applying gene technologies to environmental problems - helping manage the global challenge of nuclear fuel cycle waste. 
[Stacks upon stacks of yellow drums, all bearing symbols warning of radiation.]
VOICEOVER: By utilising our research, industry can protect the Australian environment, develop more sustainable processes, reuse water and turn waste into valuable products. 
[From a waste management facility to a busy city street.]
VOICEOVER: People are a vital part of our work. We're investigating the social and economic impacts of the environmental challenges we face. How can we best support the sustainability and enterprise aspirations of Indigenous Australians? 
[An Indigenous Australian park ranger in the bush is digging a hole, alongside a colleague.]
VOICEOVER: What are society's attitudes and values around resource developments and emerging technologies? 
[In a workshop, a man is monitoring a robot as it moves its arms and turns its head.]
VOICEOVER: We're helping to kick-start the industries of tomorrow by exploring the new frontiers in science, like synthetic biology. We are CSIRO Land and Water. 
[Zooming back out from planet Earth, which becomes the round logo for the CSIRO.]
Find out more about how we're working towards a better future.  

World-leading land and water research

Key challenges we address

CSIRO Land and Water delivers science-based solutions that address:

  • water availability issues related to population growth, increasing urbanisation and significantly increased food production in the context of a highly variable climate
  • water quality issues affecting urban, industrial and natural environments
  • water sharing concerns: balancing the water needs of the environment with those of agriculture and industry
  • the impacts of land, water and ecosystem resource management on biodiversity
  • the liveability, productivity and resilience of cities and towns
  • the development of climate sensitive practices that optimise agricultural productivity while minimising impacts on soil, water and ecosystems
  • helping our communities, ecosystems, cities and industries adapt to climate change and variability.

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