Editorial: CSIRO’s Warwick McDonald looks at the importance of water research in Australia and what it has yielded so far. Australia’s world leading research is now informing water management around the globe.
Injecting massive amounts of water purified after coal seam gas has been extracted may provide the irrigation water of the future as it seeps slowly through ancient sandstone rocks, according to CSIRO research.
It’s predicted that there will be a three-fold increase in water demand in South Australia between 2010 and 2019 by the mining and energy sector. Using world first techniques combining geophysical data and topographical maps, scientists are exploring if the water is there to support demand.
New 7-day streamflow forecasts are able to predict water flows for rivers and streams, allowing for more accurate and efficient management of water resources.
From August to December each year, about 2.5 trillion kilograms of ozone is broken down in the stratosphere above the Antarctic, with losses peaking in late September or early October. NASA and CSIRO have been monitoring the hole since the late 1970s.
Australian native bees have been discovered engaging in battles with neighbouring colonies, raging for days, with the victor claiming the hive.
The aquifers below Perth and its surrounds store an important source of water for the city that is running low. Researchers are now exploring the potential of these aquifers to store, transport and even further treat wastewater that is currently being discarded, to provide a secure source of water into the future.
CSIRO’s Pep Canadell fact checks statements made on ABC program Q&A, 31 August 2015, about what caused US carbon emissions to level off. Reviewed by Allan Layton.