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Why investigate water and catchments with RIEL?

  • Rivers, estuaries and wetlands in northern Australia are relatively undisturbed providing unique natural laboratories

  • Research is needed to safeguard drinking water quality in remote communities

  • Surface and groundwater use, relationships and sustainable yields in the north require further study to inform wise development

Water and catchments

water with trees around it and bright blue sky and clouds reflected in it
Billabong (photo by Alison King)

RIEL conducts internationally-recognised research to understand and improve the management of freshwater, estuarine, coastal and marine systems in northern Australia and globally. Indigenous partnerships are an intrinsic part of our research approach.

Our research includes:

  • fish and fisheries ecology

  • extinction risk assessments

  • groundwater and surface water biodiversity assessment and monitoring

  • modelling and management of threatened and invasive species

  • assessing water quality risks for communities, aquaculture and environments

  • understanding environmental water needs and surface/groundwater interactions

  • understanding atmospheric moisture, groundwater origin and plant water use

  • predicting climate and land-use change impacts on food webs, carbon dynamics and nutrient cycling

  • trialling innovative methods including eDNA, environmental tracers, blue carbon, sonar and other technology

  • understanding the processes that support surface water and groundwater ecosystems

  • applying trait-based approaches to investigate functional linkages in aquatic systems.

Water and catchments flyer (PDF, 851.93 KB)

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