Water is essential for biodiversity and its related ecosystems. Natural Arch, Qld
Water is essential for biodiversity and its related ecosystems. Natural Arch, Qld

THE ‘water for the environment’ theme explores the value of water from a biodiversity and ecosystems services perspective that captures both an intrinsic value as well as an anthropocentric value.

Key research questions include:

  • What level of environmental flows are required in waterways to maintain biodiversity and river health?
  • How can water-related environmental externalities be valued within a financial market?
  • What are the costs and benefits of catchment restoration, both in situ and downstream?
  • What are the governance frameworks and boundaries of responsibility required to establish and maintain catchment integrity?
  • How can the resilience of fresh and aquatic ecosystems be increase do withstand future climatic extremes?
  • What type and level of waterborne contaminants pose a risk to human and wildlife exposure across different spatial, climatic and temporal scales?

UQ RESEARCHERS

Dr David Adamson (School of Economics) Climatic variability and uncertainty impacts on water management in Australia’s Murray–Darling Basin 

Dr Paul Dargusch (School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management) The development of climate mitigation activities that support sustainable management of forest and marine ecosystems, and the interplay between carbon markets, food security and energy systems.

Dr Alistair Grinham (School of Civil Engineering) Monitoring and understanding microbial processes within shallow water ecosystems.

Dr Harald Hoffman (School of Earth Sciences) Groundwater inflows and discharge

Dr Joshua Larsen (School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management) Dynamics of ground and surface water interaction, quantifying groundwater recharge; freshwater biogeochemical reactive transport, carbon and nutrient cycling; water and energy balances, particularly in arid environments. 

Professor David Lockington (School of Civil Engineering) Quantitative analysis of catchment and groundwater hydrology through mathematical modelling, including both chemical and biological processes.

Professor Jochen Mueller (National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology) Development and application of novel monitoring techniques for aquatic pollutants. 

Professor Peter Nielsen (School of Civil Engineering) Fluid mechanics, Coastal Processes (hydrodynamics and sediment transport), Coastal groundwater   

Dr Jackie Robinson (School of Economics) Specific environmental areas, water quality, wetland areas and marine parks.
 

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