Our research is playing a crucial role in supporting decision making in Australia’s largest river basin.
The Murray–Darling Water and Environment Research Program
We are working with partners to deliver research that will benefit the Murray-Darling Basin and its communities for years to come.
Wetlands within the Murray-Darling Basin provide critical waterbird habitats, however the quality and availability of these sites are influenced by our water and vegetation management decisions.
Ecosystem functions in the Murray-Darling Basin
Our knowledge about the Murray-Darling Basin ecosystem improves water management and promotes better environmental outcomes.
In the Murray-Darling Basin, consumptive water use coupled with high natural variability in river flows has resulted in declines in environmental condition in many ecological systems.
Murray-Darling Basin sustainable yields overview
In 2007 and 2008, the Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields team led by Tom Hatton and Bill Young undertook an assessment of the likely impacts of climate change on the surface water and groundwater resources of the Murray-Darling Basin.
Murray-Darling Basin sustainable yields papers
We have completed a series of reports which assessed current and future water availability in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Australia's groundwater resources support communities, industries and the environment across the country.
We are characterising potential groundwater resources and facilitating sound water resources management practices at a regional scale.
Groundwater development for regions
We bring together the best scientists to investigate, map and quantify groundwater opportunities across Australia
We are developing methods and applying tools for optimal and cost-effective monitoring of groundwater and the resources that depend on it. This encourages sustainable use, helps identify and manage adverse impacts, and ensures that adverse impacts are not irreversible.
Empowering social engagement
The Groundwater Commons Game represents a big step forward in merging socioeconomic variables with physical models for improved groundwater management.
Groundwater and environment
Environmental protection is critical for sustainable groundwater management.
Assessing MAR opportunities
We're providing the scientific expertise to assess opportunities for Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) at a regional catchment scale, including northern Australia.
Assessing MAR risks
CSIRO scientists are undertaking risk-based assessments of the feasibility of Managed Aquifer Recharge
Water in the resources sector
We work towards sustainable groundwater resources management by extractive energy and mineral resources sectors. Our research leads to manageable environmental impacts and greater socio-economic benefits.
Adaptive water management
A water dashboard developed as part of the Sense-T program in Tasmania delivers real-time data to Tasmanian farmers to support irrigation and environmental sustainability.
Characterising aquifers and their hydrogeological properties
We are developing novel and cost-effective methods for hydrogeological characterisation, showing the geometry and 3-D internal architecture of aquifers and aquitards and their properties.
Using model-data fusion techniques delivers more credible predictions around potential groundwater impacts. This strengthens Australia’s capacity to make decisions in relation to investment, resource development and management across the mining, energy, and agricultural sectors.
We work with island communities to help improve the understanding and management of their water resources.
Like footprints in the sand reveal the passage of animals, environmental tracers characterise the speed at which water moves underground.
Noble Gas and ATTA Facilities
We use advanced technologies to measure and trace the histories of water systems. We partner across scientific disciplines and institutions.
Our physically-based risk assessment models inform government and industry about potential chemical risks to groundwater from industry, agriculture and urban developments.
At the Environmental Tracer and Noble Gas Laboratory (former IAS, Isotope Analysis Service) we provide an extensive range of tracer analyses to study the terrestrial water cycle: aquifer and aquitard systems, groundwater - surface water interaction, infiltration conditions and flow velocities.