Analysing mining by-product materials using laboratory columns.

Analysing mining by-product materials using laboratory columns.

CSIRO Land and Water: Facilities and Equipment

CSIRO Land and Water employs and develops state-of-the art facilities and equipment to conduct its research.

  • 28 January 2011 | Updated 18 June 2012

Our laboratories, many with Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) or National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation, are equipped for:

  • advanced analytical organic and inorganic chemistry
  • geochemistry
  • molecular biology
  • microbiology
  • isotope hydrology
  • soil physics.

We have instrumented field sites at a number of locations around Australia and conduct research directly on industry and water agency infrastructure. 

We also employ and develop sophisticated in-situ and portable field measuring systems to carry out specialised soil and water investigations.

This is supported by state-of-the-art information management and visualisation tools.

Our other major assets include:

  • the National Soil Archive in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 
  • the Australian Freshwater Invertebrates Collection in Wodonga, Victoria, Australia 
  • customised boat facilities in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, for our rivers and estuaries research
  • a set of 32 weighing lysimeters at Griffith, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, for irrigated crop water use studies
  • the only ultratrace facilities in Australia at Lucas Heights, Sydney, NSW
  • microalgal collection of freshwater and marine unialgal cultures from around Australia, Papua New Guinea and some other overseas species at Lucas Heights. This relatively small collection complements the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Division Australian National Algae Culture collection in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

While our facilities and equipment are primarily intended to support our research, CSIRO can provide commercial testing of plant, soil and water samples through its Testing and analytical services: CSIRO Land and Water.

Find out more about CSIRO Land and Water.