Webinar: Assessing the water and agricultural resources of northern Australia

Science informing policy, regulation and investment decisions

To improve the confidence of investors and regulators and help inform public funding initiatives in northern Australia, the Australian Government commissioned CSIRO to lead a 2.5 year, multi-disciplinary, Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment involving over 120 scientists. Recently completed, this webinar provides an overview of the comprehensive water and agricultural resource findings and highlight broad learnings, many of which are also applicable globally.

Date: Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Time: 2:00pm (Australia/Sydney; find your local time)

Format: Presentation, Discussion + Q&A (up to 60mins)

Cost: Free

Chair: Trevor Pillar, National Partnerships Manager, ICE WaRM

Resources: Webcasts and other documents will be available here

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Cuan Petheram


Cuan Petheram is a hydrologist and principal research scientist at CSIRO, Australia. He has a BEng from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in groundwater hydrology with the CRC for Catchment Hydrol... Read more

Andrew Ash


Dr Andrew Ash is a Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO Agriculture. He has 30 years research experience in climatically variable tropical rangelands and agricultural systems in northern Australia and so... Read more

Chris Chilcott


Dr Chris Chilcott is the Research Leader for Northern Australian and Assistant Science Director in CSIRO Land and Water. Chris has 20 years research experience in the agricultural sector, research and... Read more

Marcus Barber


Marcus Barber is an environmental anthropologist with CSIRO Land and Water. He has over 15 years field research experience with Aboriginal Australians, focused on contemporary cultural and natural res... Read more



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Sustainable regional development is a key priority for Australian governments. However, in the north of Australia the landscape is vast, sparsely populated and much of its land and water resources have not been mapped in sufficient detail to provide for reliable resource allocation, mitigate investment or environmental risks, or confidently build policy settings that can support decisions.

This webinar may appeal to people with a passing or professional interest in northern Australia, as well as people interested in:

  • multi-disciplinary research;
  • scientific methods for rapidly and comprehensively assessing large areas;
  • irrigation, water resource and regional development
  • science informing policy

Joining Dr Cuan Petheram will be colleagues: Dr Andrew Ash, Dr Chris Chilcott, Dr Marcus Barber

The project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities. It was an initiative of the Australia Government whitepapers on ‘Developing northern Australia’ and ‘Agriculture competitiveness’.
Website: https://www.csiro.au/en/NAWRA
Web based apps:
NAWRA-explorer: https://nawra-explorer.csiro.au/
NAWRA-river: https://nawra-river.shinyapps.io/river/

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