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Issue No. 12, May 2002

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The Big Dry

Australia’s south-west has been dry now for 27 years. Could this lengthy drought be a taste of things to come – a dusty future affected by climate change? CSIRO Land and Water researchers investigate the possibilities.

Global Spotlight on the Murrumbidgee

UNESCO’s HELP program is always on the lookout for innovative science solutions. According to UNESCO, the farmers, researchers and industries of the Lower Murrumbidgee catchment sets an example for the rest of the world. Find out what makes the Lower Murrumbidgee catchment, and the people who care for it, so special.

Linking Agriculture, Environment and Economy

Industries all over the world have recognised the importance of sound environmental management, and Australian agriculture is no exception. CSIRO researchers are helping Australian rural industries reap both environmental and economic benefits by selecting the best mix of voluntary, regulatory and market-based management approaches.

Disasters - Seeing the Big Picture

We all remember seeing graphic images of the terrifying bushfires of Christmas 2001. Up in space there was another ‘fire-watcher’– a satellite carrying a new kind of sensor called MODIS. CSIRO researchers are developing new ways to use detailed information from MODIS to track and manage large-scale disasters in Australia.

Trees to Combat Salinity

Dryland salinity is one of Australia’s most serious environmental problems. Putting trees back into the landscape is part of the remedy. But in what part of a catchment should trees be planted? And in what arrangement? CSIRO has joined forces with other agencies to produce a landmark publication that offers practical guidelines for catchment managers, farmers and private forest growers.

Working Towards Sustainable Soils

What makes soils sustainable? This is a question to which farmers and land managers would dearly like an answer. Unfortunately the lack of a simple test for the state of soil health has made this answer unattainable – until now. CSIRO scientists are using off-the-shelf technology to take a ‘big picture’ look at soil health – and to uncover the secret of how soil biota affects sustainable soil function.

Australian Land Use Defined

As we all know, Australia is a big place, and with a variety of landscapes and rural mosaics. For natural resource managers, it is important to be able to define and differentiate ecological regions and agricultural systems. Thanks to a new book that has been released by CSIRO Land and Water, this will now be a whole lot easier.

Designer: Anne McKenzie