Water Science

The Water Science Program seeks to develop the knowledge to inform development of management and policy for freshwaters in Australia and internationally. Of particular interest to us is generating the knowledge and fundamental understanding of how ecological communities and ecosystems function to deliver the services and values that society considers important. We work to refine evidence-based approaches for incorporating ‘best available science’ in management and policy development.

Highlighted Projects

The ecological effects of reservoir enlargement on threatened fish populations in the Cotter River

The enlargement of Cotter reservoir will impact the sole remaining self-sustaining population of the nationally endangered Macquarie perch in the ACT, along with the locally threatened two-spined blackfish. A range of potential impacts have been idenified, and a variety of management mitigations employed, including the largest deployment of contructed fish habitat for a threatened freshwater

An integrated hydro-ecological and socio-economic model of environmental flow delivery to wetlands

Water is a major limiting resource in the Murray Darling Basin, and providing sufficient water to meet the various needs is a major challenge. To do this in an equitable and transparent manner requires an understanding of the goods and services delivered by water, the values of those services, the water required to ensure delivery