Making and mapping measurements can help to explain the environment’s mysteries.
Environmental and agricultural informatics: strength in numbers
Major issues such as climate change, sustainable fisheries and urban water quality can benefit from CSIRO's statistical and mathematical expertise.
17 August 2009 | Updated 14 October 2011
CSIRO is helping improve the understanding of environmental and Agricultural
systems by developing and using innovative statistical and mathematical methodologies.
These approaches, applied to major environmental issues, assist effective:
These issues range across many areas, including:
land use change
coastal water quality.
Key science issues
Environmental policy and management decisions require a deep understanding of complex natural systems.
This relies on extensive environmental research with scientists from many disciplines working together, each contributing different pieces to the puzzle.
One way to begin to understand the complexity is by making measurements and creating and using models of these natural systems.
Handling this quantitative information requires specialist skills.
What CSIRO is doing
Statisticians and mathematicians can ensure more effective use of quantitative information in the environmental sciences in an area called Environmental Informatics.
One way to begin to understand the complexity of the environment is by making measurements, and creating and using models of natural systems.
For a particular environmental problem, CSIRO statisticians can use their thorough understanding of an environmental system to:
design measuring and monitoring schemes to efficiently provide data
build statistical models of the results to provide a clearer picture of patterns in the data
find any unexpected information in the data
estimate the uncertainties upon which resource decisions are made
interpret variations in the results.
This goes a long way to ensure that environmental management and policy decisions are based on reliable information.
Our statisticians work closely with CSIRO specialist teams in, for example:
CSIRO Land and Water, looking at water resources
CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research, addressing issues with fisheries and looking at climate change.
We are addressing emerging trends and challenges such as:
understanding whole environmental systems
handling data from sensor networks
new monitoring and assessment technologies, like sonar mapping.
Our research activities include:
Read about our award-winning work with the Department of Climate Change in Monitoring team receives CSIRO’s top award.