Our research is helping to underpin a national effort to halt biodiversity decline and to manage Australia's unique and diverse ecosystems.
We investigate how water ecosystems respond to different water resource management and allocation strategies, including environmental water flows.
Monitoring, measuring and conserving biodiversity
With Australia's biodiversity in steep decline, CSIRO researchers are leading the efforts to build fundamental knowledge on the nature, extent and history of our native species. We work closely with our partner organisations to ensure a consistent approach to biodiversity monitoring and conservation across the country.
Implications of climate change for Australia's biodiversity
CSIRO's landmark Australia-wide assessment of the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and the National Reserve System will inform future management of Australia's protected areas.
Making better biodiversity conservation decisions
Our research is helping to answer urgent questions about where to invest limited resources for biodiversity conservation and how to get the best possible outcomes from that investment.
Conserving biodiversity in agricultural landscapes
We're researching the restoration of eucalypt woodlands, mallee and shrublands in temperate agricultural landscapes for the benefit of biodiversity and agricultural enterprises.
Great Western Woodlands
We are working with a network of Australian scientists to help understand and manage Western Australia’s 16 million hectare Great Western Woodlands.
North Australian Tropical Transect
The North Australian Tropical Transect provides a framework for monitoring and modelling the dynamics of Australia's tropical savannas.
Invertebrate biodiversity and ecosystem function in northern Australia
Land managers are increasingly looking for reliable indicators of ecosystem health that can be used to assess the ecological sustainability of land management practices, and are finding that invertebrate organisms, such as ants, termites and beetles, are ideal for this role.
Managing landscapes for biodiversity
Our research looks at the best ways to design, plan and manage Australia's landscapes to support biodiversity in a changing world.
Meeting collaborative and Indigenous science challenges
We’re finding new ways to balance the interests and rights of industry, community and government stakeholders and to bring together science, Indigenous and local knowledge, for sustainable stewardship of landscapes and seascapes.
Fire and ecology in northern Australia
We look at the role of fire in the ecosystems of northern Australia and how best to manage its impact on biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions.
Indigenous natural resource management in northern Australia
Indigenous people have a major stake in the sustainable management of northern Australia’s terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.
Computer modelling of ecological systems
Ecological modelling can provide information about how natural systems will respond to increasing pressure from development, climate change, and demand for natural resources and ecosystem services.
ECOS features some of our latest research and how it is providing the science behind sustainable development and management of the environment.
Counting the costs of physical damage wrought by Cyclone Debbie in Queensland and subsequent floods in northern NSW has already begun. The focus now shifts to how communities invest in infrastructure before the storms. Critical is understanding the multiple impacts and the interdependence of infrastructure.