TRaCK: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

Science and knowledge that governments, communities, industries for sustainable use of Australia's tropical rivers and estuaries

Anna Straton

Anna Straton

Anna Straton
Project Leader
CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

Anna Straton was a research scientist with CSIRO during the first phase of TRaCK research and was focused on assessing the economic and other values of tropical river systems and evaluating the impacts of water use scenarios in the Northern Territory.

Dr Straton has been awarded a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours and a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland’s School of Economics working with Professor John Foster, Dr Richard Brown and Dr Jason Potts.

She was also named The University of Queensland Young Alumnus of the Year in 2007 and accepted into Course 15 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2008.

Phase 1 Projects

Outcomes Communities, industry and government now have a greater awareness of the full value of Australia's tropical rivers, and decision-makers have access to improved knowledge about community preferences for the future of Australia's tropical rivers. Decision-makers have knowledge of the economic value of several tropical river features and also have knowledge of the economic value of several options for the future of Australia's tropical rivers in dollar terms. This knowledge will provide direct input into the evaluation of alternative development pathways for Australia's tropical rivers. Decision-makers now have more detailed knowledge about the social, economic and ecological components of tropical river systems that have historically and may in the future contribute to the maintenance of the value of Australia's tropical rivers or the creation of new value. This will provide decision-makers with (a) a new conceptual framework for understanding and assessing value, and (b) input into decisions in the form of improved understanding about potential vulnerabilities in the capacity of Australia's tropical rivers to continue to support key activities and uses, and provide the services and benefits they do currently.