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.
Our physically-based risk assessment models inform government and industry about potential chemical risks to groundwater from industry, agriculture and urban developments.
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.
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.