Ecosystem Protection

Aquatic receiving waters are severely impacted on by the changes to both hydrology and water quality which result from urban stormwater runoff.  The projects within the Ecosystem Protection theme aim to assess these impacts as well as to develop and test new approaches to urban stormwater and water management which can mitigate the degrading influences on ecosystems.  The projects include investigations of stormwater quality (both chemical and biological), as well as assessment and modelling of water sensitive urban design technologies and strategies on stream hydrology and ecology.

The projects in this theme are intimately linked with the research being undertaken under the Cities as Water Supply Catchments Program, in particular the work of Project 3 (Green Cities & Micro-Climate) and Project 4 (Stream Ecology).

For details of the research conducted in this area, see the links below:

Current projects:

Completed projects:

For a full list of publications relating to this Program, see the Publications section of the website.