Assessing Australia's Water Resources
Bradfield Scheme Assessment
In 1938 engineer Dr John Bradfield proposed an inter-catchment water diversion scheme to expand agriculture in central western Queensland by moving water inland from the north coast. The Bradfield Scheme and modern variants were analysed in a detailed desktop study which found that, while technically feasible, they are not economically viable.
Southern Gulf Water Resource Assessment
The Australian Government and CSIRO are partnering to investigate opportunities for water and agricultural development in the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria catchments in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Victoria River Water Resource Assessment
We're partnering with the Australian Government to investigate opportunities for water and agriculture development in the Victoria River catchment, in the Northern Territory.
Roper River Water Resource Assessment
We're partnering with the Australian Government to investigate opportunities for water and agriculture development in the Roper River catchment, in the Northern Territory.
Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment
We have investigated the potential of northern Australia's water resources to support increased regional development.
Norfolk water assessment
This assessment seeks to better understand the water resources of Norfolk Island and the opportunities to increase water security.
Pilbara water assessment
A comprehensive scientific assessment of long-term water availability in the Pilbara region, to guide responsible resource management into the future. It provides an overview of the effect of future climates and proposed developments on the region’s surface water and groundwater resources.
Flinders and Gilbert
We have completed, for the Australian Government, an investigation of opportunities for water and agricultural development in the Flinders and Gilbert catchments of north Queensland.
Great Artesian Basin
A comprehensive scientific assessment of water resources of the Great Artesian Basin and potential impacts of climate change and resource development.
Our alliance with the Bureau of Meteorology develops tools to accurately monitor, assess and forecast the availability, condition and use of Australia's water resources.
We are using satellite remote sensing to understand the turbidity in Kimberley coastal waters using to help plan for future impacts on biological productivity.
CSIRO’s research is playing a crucial role in supporting decision making in Australia’s largest river basin.
Murray floodplain inundation model
A research and decision support tool for environmental flow management in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Spatial tool MDB
Water is highly contested in the Murray-Darling Basin with use of water by irrigators and the environment in conflict.
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.
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.
International water work
Peru drought management
Peru’s first Drought Management Plan will provide Tacna with an evidence-based framework for managing water-related risks across the region, and will contribute to regional development goals.
Copiacó River Basin
We teamed up with AusAID and the Chilean water authority Dirección General de Aguas, to analyse the shortfalls in water rights, industrial usage and social requirements in the Copiapó River Basin, Chile
Groundwater use in Bangladesh
Researchers from Bangladesh and Australia are working together with policy makers to understand the sustainable level of water use, particularly groundwater use, for irrigation in the northwest region of Bangladesh.
CSIRO research and project delivery in developing nations is aiming to help address gender inequality through the key areas of agriculture, water management, natural resource management, climate change, health, nutrition and education.
Basin planning in Nepal
Nepal’s plentiful water resources require careful management to ensure equitable use across the many competing demands of water users.
Sustainable water use in Pakistan
Building on a long history of working together, Australia and Pakistan are collaborating to implement Australian water resource management technologies and build local capacity in integrated water resources management and impact assessment.
Water resources in Afghanistan are under pressure from population growth, economic development and climate change. Water planners and managers need information on biophysical, socioeconomic and environmental drivers of change. A national water information system is critical to monitor, assess, plan, develop and manage water resources.
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.