CSIRO's research is focused on the following:

Water availability in a changing climate

The Water for a Healthy Country Flagship is investigating how a changing climate and land use is impacting on Australia's future water security and developing scientific tools and knowledge to help water managers plan accordingly.

Groundwater assessment and prediction

This research identifies and develops tools to assess Australia' groundwater resource and to facilitate better groundwater and surface water management.

Water forecasting

This stream develops science and technology to underpin Australia’s next generation of services in flood and river flow forecasting.

Surface water assessments

This research stream is developing modelling tools, monitoring methods and integrated information systems to improve understanding of surface water resources in the face of changing land use.

Rural water resources in Australia face a major transformation in coming decades, with increased pressure on a limited resource demanding more sophisticated management.

CSIRO is committed to providing solutions that increase regional water security while meeting social, environmental and critical human needs.

Our research aims to:

  • Provide a better understanding of the impacts of climate and land use change on water availability and on water uses to ensure better future planning and more equitable water sharing.
  • Develop an improved understanding of groundwater systems and their interactions with surface water systems so we can manage systems sustainably.
  • Create a better systems understanding of the social, economic and ecological consequences of reduced water availability, water buybacks and infrastructure investments so that the effectiveness of various management options can be understood and maximised.
  • Encapsulate new knowledge and understanding in new models and tools to underpin water plans and allocation decisions.