TRaCK: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

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

Richard Cresswell

Richard Cresswell

Richard Cresswell
Project Leader
CSIRO

Phase 1 Projects

Outcomes Government policy and water planning staff have benefited from an increased understanding of the links between surface water and groundwater systems in tropical environments. For example, they are better able to predict the effects of groundwater pumping on groundwater levels and river flows. Government staff and regional natural resource management bodies are also now better able to predict the effects of landuse change (in terms of vegetation cover) on groundwater levels and river flows. This information is critical for management of riparian ecosystems, and for protecting aquatic species which live in the rivers. Other researchers have also benefited through better knowledge of surface water - groundwater interaction and tropical hydrology. Practicing hydrologists are also able to use methods developed in this project.