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Why work with RIEL?

  • Partner with internationally-recognised research leaders

  • Choose cutting edge methods and technology best suited to local contexts

  • Invest in the future by building local capacity in research

RIEL researchers provide environment and livelihoods consultancy services, including training and expert advice and review. In addition to delivering outcomes for you, working with RIEL will contribute to improved understanding of the north’s ecosystems and help build local capacity in research.

Existing service centres

Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research (DCBR)

DCBR delivers applied fire management research and training opportunities to land managers in northern Australia, Asia and more recently southern Africa.

We focus on the development of scientifically based, savanna burning carbon emissions reduction from carbon abatement and sequestration projects, through field sampling, analysis and methodology development.

Read more about the Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research.

Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research information sheet.

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Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Unit

ECMU is a high impact research consultancy aimed at protecting the natural assets of the Northern Territory that underpin its economy.

We specialise in metal, stable isotope, microbiological and molecular analyses in aquatic and terrestrial environments, including analyses of sediment, water and biota.

Read more about the Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Unit.

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Aboriginal Research Practitioners Network

The Aboriginal Research Practitioners Network (APRNet) is a platform for community based Aboriginal people who have been trained to do participatory action research, evaluations and planning.

ARPNet research practitioners offer their services to work in partnerships with other research groups or individuals on projects across Arnhem land.

It is also a platform where Aboriginal research practitioners are developing a new research practice and tool box (the ARPNet Dilly Bag) to undertake research in culturally appropriate ways without losing scientific rigour and depth.

The network provides cultural training to researchers on country and can also provide training in participatory action research.

ARPNet can facilitate community engagement in research and development, while offering local short term employment opportunities to Aboriginal people

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Other services

Aquatic and terrestrial ecology
  • Threatened and native species conservation - habitat and vegetation modelling, animal movement, behaviour and population analysis
  • Climate change - understanding adaptions, refugia, carbon budgets and impacts on ecosystems and communities
Industry and environment
  • Legislation, licence conditions and policy analysis
  • Environmental impact assessments and strategic baselining
  • Rehabilitation and restoration of mine sites and other disturbed areas
  • Offsets and payments for ecosystem services
Participatory management and enterprise development
  • Natural resource-based production in Indigenous communities, socio-economic profiling and impact assessment
  • Land and sea management
  • Capacity building
  • Participatory action research
Technologies and methods
  • 3D tech
  • Drones
  •  eDNA
  • Genetics
  • Isotopes
  • Lidar
  • Sonar
  • PCR
  • Remote sensing
Water quality and quantity
  • Trace metal and microbials analysis
  • pollutant source tracking and pathogens
  • Environmental water
  • Atmospheric water
  • Plant water use
  • Surface and groundwater interactions

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Delivering RIEL world results

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    Fighting disease risks in Darwin Harbour

    Our Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Unit (EMCU) is working with the Power and Water Corporation to identify disease risks to humans from sewage discharge into Darwin Harbour. The research provided more suitable indicators of sewage contamination in shellfish, improved EPA compliance and new methodologies for tracking the source of microbes in tropical environments.

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    Improving carbon farming tools

    Together with industry partners, RIEL has developed fire management tools for northern savannas. The research has led to the world’s first tool for reducing carbon emissions from burning practices, generating millions for Aboriginal organisations involved in fire management. The tools also help cattle stations and mining companies reduce fire risk, and is now applied to natural resources management in Indonesia, Timor Leste and Botswana.

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    Informing benchmarks for minesite rehabilitation

    RIEL’s Professor Alan Andersen is working with mining giant ERA and the Northern Territory and Australian governments on a template to set specific fauna targets for rehabilitating the Ranger mine. This work will help better assess the success of minesite restoration efforts across Australia’s north.

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