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Why investigate savanna and arid ecology with RIEL?

  • North Australia hosts the largest intact tropical savanna in the world

  • 70 per cent of Australia is arid or semi-arid and yet many ecosystems here aren’t well understood

  • Savanna and arid regions have outstanding ecological, economic and cultural values

Savanna and arid ecology

Ellen Colton (RIEL image only)

RIEL strives to make a real-world impact. We collaborate and engage with a wide range of research and industry partners to ensure that we contribute to the knowledge and sustainable management of unique savanna and arid ecosystems.

This work includes:

  • Assessing the ecosystem responses to changes in fire frequency, climate and land use change;
  • Quantifying and modelling carbon and water cycles in north Australian ecosystems;
  • Researching environmental impacts and behavioural adaptations of invasive and feral animal and plant species;
  • Examining the impacts of deforestation on greenhouse gas emissions and water resources in northern Australia;
  • Investigating the restoration of ecosystems and ecosystem services following mining;
  • Studying physiological adaptations of amphibians and reptiles to savanna and arid environments;
  • Developing innovative methodologies to evaluate climate change impacts on turtle breeding in the Amazon;
  • Implementing a world first program for a savanna burning carbon industry in Northern Australia;
  • Understanding the role of biodiversity hotspots and refuge ‘islands’ in a ‘sea’ of savanna;
  • Leveraging space technology and big data analytics for mapping and monitoring essential biodiversity variables.

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