Land and Water Business Unit

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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Land and Water brings together interdisciplinary teams that combine biophysical and social sciences to develop solutions for complex environmental challenges. The work of the Unit draws on the world's largest team of social science and economic expertise. Researchers bring deep knowledge of disciplines including biodiversity, water resources, social systems, economic expertise, infrastructure, and interpretation and analysis of environmental information. We combine this knowledge to develop new approaches to complex problems. Our integrated capability is instrumental in supporting efforts to ensure that Australia's environment is managed sustainably.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Monitoring, measuring and conserving biodiversity
  • Catchment Management research
  • Forests in the landscape
  • Understanding and managing bushfires |Earth observation and informatics - Digital Earth Australia
  • Transport logistics-TraNSIT |Sustainability pathways – clarifying the trade-offs and paths forward
  • Contaminants and biotechnology
  • Assessing Australia's water resources
  • Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform

Facilities and major equipment

  • Atherton -Tropical Forest Research Centre
  • Cairns - Australian Tropical Forest Institute
  • Dutton Park - Ecosciences Precinct
  • Gatton Research Facility
  • St Lucia - Queensland Bioscience Precinct
  • Toowoomba - Tor Street Research Facility
  • Townsville - Australian Tropical Forest Institute
  • Woodstock - Lansdown Pasture Research Station

Number of research staff

100-200 research staff


Ecosciences Precinct, 41 Boggo Road, Dutton Park QLD 4102

Organisation type

  • Part of national organisation – Government

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