ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Basin-scale Evaluation and Research Services. Stage 1 (2019)

Funding

CEWO through CSIRO (lead organisation). ILWS sub-contract $41,418

Researchers/investigators

Associate Professor Skye Wassens, Professor Lee Baumgartner, Professor Robyn Watts & Dr Keller Kopf

Research theme

Environmental Water

Description

The Basin-scale Evaluation and Research Services project is one of two components of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Research program which integrates and replaces monitoring and research activities previous done under the Long-Term Intervention Monitoring (LTIM) and Environmental Water Knowledge and Research (EWKR) projects.

Led by CSIRO and University of Canberra, this evaluation and research is being undertaken in collaboration with Deakin University, University of New England, Charles Sturt University, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), Arthur Rylan Institute and NSW Department of Primary Industries.

(The other component of the MER program is the on-ground monitoring, evaluation, research and engagement activities for seven selected areas. CSU/ILWS is the lead agency for the MER program in two of the seven selected areas - the Murrumbidgee river system (led by Associate Professor Skye Wassens), and the Edward/Kolety-Wakool river system (led by Professor Robyn Watts).

CSIRO is managing the Basin-scale component of the MER Program. Four ILWS researchers, Associate Skye Wassens, Professor lee Baumgartner, Professor Robyn Watts and Dr Keller Kopf,  along with the projects various collaborators and partners, were involved in Stage One, contributing to the development of a Basin Scale Evaluation and Research Plan.

The Basin-scale Plan is organised around five themes (hydrology; diversity (two sub-themes ecosystem diversity and generic diversity); fish; vegetation; and stream metabolism, water quality and food webs) and the cross-cutting themes (modelling; data management and visualisation; stakeholder engagement and communications; and reporting and synthesis.)

Outputs

Basin Scale Evaluation and Research Plan.

Outcomes

The Basin Scale Evaluation and Research Plan will guide the evaluation of the contribution of Commonwealth environmental water to the environmental objectives of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Stage 2, the implementation of the plan, commenced in 2020. Associate Professor Skye Wassens is a member of the team leading the plan’s ecosystem diversity sub-theme.

Contact:

Associate Professor Skye Wassens

Albury-Wodonga campus

Email

May 2020