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April 2018

NRM Science Conference 2018

10 April - 11 April

This conference is a chance to showcase the NRM science underpinning environmental decision making, policy and management in South Australia. Building on the success of the first two conferences, this year’s theme is Science for Policy in a Changing World. The conference will be a space for NRM researchers and practitioners to come together to consider the new challenges science faces in a post-truth world.

Big data, social media, and ‘alternative’ news sources are eroding traditional routes that turn science into policy action, how can our scientists and policy makers respond to these challenges to ensure better outcomes for South Australia?

It is a unique platform for NRM researchers and practitioners to come together and share their work. Through the conference, we aspire towards a more collaborative future that will lead to better outcomes for South Australia.

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NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub Adelaide Roadshow

12 April, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the National Environmental Science Program invites you to its Adelaide Research Roadshow.

Join us to hear about our latest innovations in applied threatened species research. Topics will include actions and management of species in South Australia, policy for biodiversity offsets, community engagement, improving monitoring efficiency, and more. If you have extra time, stay for the afternoon session to discuss the value of our research. Help shape our research outputs and how we engage with specialists and the wider community. Discuss where to next in creating a better future for our unique biodiversity.

For more information, download the roadshow flier or head to the Eventbrite listing.

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June 2018

Nature-based opportunities for climate adaptation in the coastal zone webinar

19 June, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this webinar, Professor Stephen Swearer will discuss the current evidence for the efficacy of nature-based approaches in comparison to artificial coastal protection. He will then present several current and developing on-ground activities with local councils and land managers in Victoria as case studies to illustrate the types of collaborative interdisciplinary projects needed to encourage the wider use of ecologically engineered shoreline protection schemes in Australia.

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Get near real-time soil moisture estimates for your location or catchment: BOM webinar.

20 June, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In this webinar we discuss ways to obtain data and information for climatological, agricultural and flood modelling, water resources assessment, bushfire risk management and education. As the only source of information about the landscape water balance for the whole of Australia, the Australian Landscape Water Balance provides nationally consistent modelled data on soil moisture, runoff, evapotranspiration, deep drainage and precipitation in near real-time.

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ICEWaRM Webinar: Science protecting water in hydraulic fracturing

20 June, 1:30 pm

Best practice water management for unconventional gas extraction. A scientific inquiry in the Northern Territory has made recommendations for the sustainable management of surface and groundwater resources, and to mitigate environmental, social, cultural and economic risks associated with hydraulic fracturing for onshore shale gas, where possible, to acceptable levels.

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Making Groundwater Visible: BOM webinar

28 June, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

In this webinar we show you how the Bureau’s Groundwater Information Suite improves the visibility of this vital resource using comprehensive, nationally consistent groundwater information from across Australia. Groundwater is a major source of water for many urban and rural communities, as well as industry and agriculture—in some places it is the only source. Groundwater also sustains many rivers and wetlands in dry periods. As a largely hidden resource, it is much harder to measure.

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July 2018

Australian Marine Science Association Canyons to Coast Conference

1 July - 5 July

This conference seeks to progress our scientific understanding by shifting the perspective deeper to the interconnectedness between the coast and deep sea.

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Research Tuesdays: Thought for Food

10 July, 5:30 pm

Food and wine is big business in South Australia. We account for 80% of Australia’s premium wine exports and over half our state’s exports are agricultural products. Couple this with exceptional quality and it’s no surprise our produce is world-renowned. In this presentation you’ll hear how we’re:

  • helping farmers accurately measure produce quality in real time, using next-generation lasers;
  • establishing benchmark data for best-practice bush-foods farming; and
  • helping winemakers incorporate culturally appealing additives without sacrificing taste
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The Future of Water: Data or Instincts?

13 July, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Professor Todd Halihan. NGWA McEllhiney Lecture Series in Water Well Technology. Mankind uses economics, politics, and basic instincts to make decisions about water. However, the data on the hydrologic cycle suggests we are developing water incorrectly for two basic reasons. The first is our instincts are built upon water that is visible, so we ignore evapotranspiration which causes salinization, reduced water availability, and increased infrastructure costs. The second is our development of water preceded satellite data and computing power. This resulted in ignoring complicated groundwater systems that need to be defined on the meter scale and adopting simple concepts like dams and center pivot irrigation that do not require significant data management. A framework to improve our water resources will be presented as well as some case studies on how these problems present themselves.

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August 2018

Research Tuesdays: Protecting the Catch

14 August, 5:30 pm

With the world’s population predicted to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, seafood demand is set to skyrocket. Yet, almost 90% of fish stocks are already fully or over-exploited. So how can we keep seafood on the menu? Australia’s leading researchers in a number of complementary disciplines will discuss the critical challenges of sustainable fisheries: scientific and commercial interests; environmental concerns; ethics and equity; and international law and policy.

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