Recent Research

Below are some examples of recent research undertaken by the Environmental Futures team members:

Australian Vulnerability Profile – This project explored systemic risks, root causes and interacting and cascading impacts of catastrophic disaster to explore how to move from vulnerability to resilience. It was funded by Emergency Management Australia, the National Resilience Taskforce and CSIRO. The project was co-designed with partners from the National Resilience Taskforce, the Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia, Department of Defence and the Department of Environment and Energy. See here for more information.

Water quality assessment, Pakistan – The CSIRO Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) Indus team worked closely with Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) to design and conduct water quality monitoring in the Ravi and Sutlej rivers in Pakistan. In an effort to look at the wider system influences on water quality, the SDIP Indus water quality data was also used to identify the biophysical and social drivers of water quality change. These wider system influences on water quality management cannot be underestimated and our work pointed to opportunities for better cross-sectoral collaboration to open up new options and pathways for improving water quality. See here for more information.

Indigenous Futures – CSIRO are working with Indigenous communities to ensure sustainable futures for Indigenous peoples, cultures and country. In order to meet this challenge, we need evidence-based policies and programs that enable economic and development opportunities that are geographically and culturally appropriate. Drawing on experience and expertise from across CSIRO, we’re working with Indigenous communities and organisations across Australia to provide Indigenous-driven science solutions to meet this national challenge. See here for more information.

Northern Australia Water Resources Assessment – CSIRO have investigated the potential of northern Australia’s water resources to support increased regional development. We have delivered water resource assessments for three priority regions in northern Australia for the Australian Government. We worked with northern jurisdictions, research partners and communities to undertake these assessments over 2.5 years. See here for more information.

Assessing cumulative impacts for subterranean diversity –This collaborative project between BHP and CSIRO developed new biodiversity modelling approaches to overcome challenges in understanding diversity patterns for subterranean and applied these to assess cumulative impacts of mining development in the Pilbara region, WA.

Biodiversity modelling for decision making –This collaborative project between CSIRO and the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE) developed the capacity of DoEE to harness CSIRO’s macroecological modelling tools and techniques for more regular and routine biodiversity assessment needs across Australia. See here for more information.