Improving success of rehabilitation of land and water systems

We address the need to improve the success and sustainability of restoration and rehabilitation efforts for land and water systems. Many of our catchments and aquatic ecosystems – and the services they provide – are degraded. Millions of dollars are spent on their repair, often with limited success. We focus on understanding the impacts of stressors on all aspects of catchments and associated aquatic ecosystems, and developing tools to optimise investment in on-ground actions.

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We address the requirement to balance water needs for humans and nature

Our focus is on repairing key components of hydrological flow regimes and ecosystems to maintain connectivity and facilitate the processing of nutrients and provision of water for sustainable human and ecosystem needs.

We aim to arrest the decline of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services

Our work identifies water regimes necessary to meet the critical habitat and life cycle requirements of plants and animals, key functional processes, and ensure the natural spectrum of spatial and temporal habitat dynamics and connectivity across catchments, riparian, estuarine and coastal areas.

We are addressing land-based pollution of waterways

Resilient catchments act as filters for nutrients and stores for sediment. We identify critical flow regimes so that longitudinal, lateral and vertical connection pathways are maintained for catchment nutrient processing and sediment retention. These source-to-sea linkages are vital for the health, biodiversity and services of estuarine and coastal ecosystems.

We help to make catchments, estuaries and coasts more resilient to climate change

To increase resilience to climate change our focus is to make catchments more resilient to climate variability so that they have greater capacity to absorb rainfall and mediate the impacts of extreme climatic events. We focus on riparian zones to shade waterways from sun and mitigate temperature increases systems, and we seek to make estuarine and coastal systems more resilient to temperature increase, sea level rise, and extreme variability of freshwater inflows.

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