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.