By Deputy Director David Hamilton Read Time: 421 words, 5 minutes. Recent funding from Water Research Australia to support a consortium of researchers to work on the effect that low reservoir levels has on water quality is providing impetus to better understand the effects of climate change of water storages. These storages are vital for [...]
WASH? WASH WHAT? WHAT IS WASH?
"We tend to use our ironic acronym loosely, habitually, with limited regard for our listeners’ comprehension: it’s the ‘hour of comfort’, when everyone, worldwide, wants to turn on a tap, go to the toilet, wear clean clothes, and yes, wash. Bodies, faces, children, hands, to wash. Water to drink. A safe and dignified place to defecate. We all need Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)."
Director’s Welcome to Edition 4 of the ARI Magazine
Australian Rivers Institute Director Professor Stuart Bunn. Photo Australian Rivers Institute. Author: Australian Rivers Institute Director Stuart Bun Magazine Link: Magazine - Read Time: 711words, about 6 minutes. After an unavoidable delay, I welcome you to this edition of the Australian Rivers Institute Magazine. Looking back over the past year, it is quite remarkable to [...]
There are cross-benefits to protecting coastal wetlands in the wake of COVID-19
Dr Ryan Pearson Read Time: 503 words about 3 minutes. The effects of COVID-19 on the world has been profound. We're now re-evaluating intergovernmental, trade and personal relationships, and rethinking our consumer needs. Environmental groups have been encouraging people to 'eat more fish' in response to this pandemic. Consumer surveys during the pandemic have also highlighted [...]
The role of wetlands in improving water quality and protecting coastal ecosystems
By Melanie Roberts and Fernanda Adame Article Read Time: 524 words about 3 minutes. The 2019 Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report from the Australian Government Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority identifies the risk of nutrient runoff from catchments for the reef as Very High, the same rating as the 2014 and 2009 reports. --- This [...]
Marine conservation investment needs informed guidance: where do we begin?
By Dr Viv Tulloch Read Time: 508 words about 3 mins. Marine ecosystems are increasingly threatened by climate change, human activities in the oceans and on the land, yet significant gaps still exist in managing the impacts of these pressures around the world. Marine Habitat Destruction. Photo Jeff Yonover. Efficient conservation investment requires linking dominant pressures [...]
Director’s Welcome to ARI Magazine Edition 3
Australian Rivers Institute Director, Stuart Bunn. We welcome you back to another edition of the Australian RiversInstitute (ARI) Magazine. (Link). Over the past few months our staff have been active in strengthening research partnerships and establishing new connections across the globe. The importance of connections, not only with fellow researchers, industry and government but also [...]
In the face of degradation: Planning framework can help safeguard Amazon wetlands
By Dr Vanessa Reis In the face of dramatic degradation of the Amazon ecosystems, a new conservation planning framework can help safeguard the floodplain wetlands. Floodplain wetlands are unique ecosystems often highly influenced by seasonal variation in their connection to rivers. They contribute to the Amazons high biodiversity and are used by the local people [...]
EFFECTIVE ACTION NEEDS ACCESSIBLE SCIENCE
By Dr Chris Brown Coastal wetlands are globally threatened. However, the plight of these habitats, like mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and saltmarshes, is not well recognised relative to other coastal ecosystems, such as coral reefs. This translates into funding shortfalls both for the science needed to address coastal wetland decline and for the protection and [...]
Prey availability and flow conditions drive changes in barramundi abundance
By Mischa Turschwell Predator-prey interactions between fishes are important ecological processes that help maintain healthy populations and ecosystems. But often we don’t know if predators control prey numbers (top-down control) or if the number of prey available controls predator numbers (bottom-up control). We also don’t know how these interactions might change if environmental conditions like [...]