Using big data and technology to advance precision irrigation practices. A global water crisis is predicted. Indeed, some believe it has already arrived. Either way, we need to get smarter about how we use our water. Traditional irrigation practices are inevitably wasteful of water. SWAN Systems utilises technology, data from a range of sources, and scientifically rigorous modelling to predict the upcoming water requirements of irrigated crops. Such precise management of water application ensures that plants receive the right amount of water, when it is needed, without waste.Find out more
The event will showcase SA’s water expertise across a range of disciplines and sectors, while celebrating the exceptional achievements of the Goyder Institute for Water Research.Find out more
R is a statistical modelling software used by ecologists and water modellers.
The University of Adelaide’s Bioinformatics Hub is offering a three-day course aimed at beginner to intermediate-level R users. While the focus will be applications to a wide variety of biological data, people outside of this field will still gain many valuable skills.
Please note, you will require your own laptop/tablet running R and R Studio. Access to a Windows Desktop using ADAPT will be a potential alternative if your computer is not suitable. A package installation script will be sent prior to the workshop to ensure all installations have the required packages.Find out more
Professor Alan Cooper (Director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA) reveals the secrets of writing a killer grant application. You’ll never go to a workshop as honest or useful as this. Find out from a grant examiner just what they look for, and what they don’t bother reading. It’ll be frank and fearless, but you’ll learn from the best and find out what makes a successful grant application.Find out more
NGWA Darcy Lecture Series presented by Kamini Singha; The Critical Role of Trees in Critical Zone Science: An Exploration of Water Fluxes in the Earth’s Permeable Skin. Earth’s “critical zone” — the zone of the planet from treetops to base of groundwater — is critical because it is a sensitive region, open to impacts from human activities, while providing water necessary for human consumption and food production. Quantifying water movement in the subsurface is critical to predicting how water-driven critical zone processes respond to changes in climate and human perturbation of the natural system. While shallow soils and aboveground parts of the critical zone can be easy to instrument and explore, the deeper parts of the critical zone — through the soils and into rock — are harder to access, leaving many open questions about the role of water in this environment.Find out more
The Conference will include the 2017 State Landcare Award presentations.
With the theme of Celebrating Innovation and Diversity in Landcare, the Conference will showcase Landcare and natural resources programmes from across South Australia. As in 2015, the Conference will include keynote presentations by national, state, regional and local leaders in Landcare and natural resources management. It will bring together Landcarers from across South Australia to network with peers, share experiences and ideas, acknowledge the huge achievements of the Landcare community and inspire Landcarers to continue their valuable work.
Through keynote addresses, presented papers, workshops and field tours the Conference will explore innovation and diversity in Landcare in four key streams of engagement | security | enterprise | partnerships. These streams will integrate and address Landcare themes of Biodiversity Management and Conservation, Aboriginal Land Management, Coastal Management and Sustainable Farming and Fishing.
Conference delegates are also invited to experience landcare and natural resource management in the Northern and Yorke NRM Region, through five field tours to local sites and projects.