Environment and resource sciences, christine williams
Environment and Resource Sciences (ERS)Delivering the science to support the policy, planning andmanagement decisions of DERM and the QueenslandGovernment.Provides a broad range of sciences for the management ofnatural resources (land, water, vegetation, air) and protectionof the natural environment.Predominantly applied science using innovative techniques.
Key policy issues that drive DERM Environmentand Resource Science Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems Coal Seam Gas impacts on water National Water Initiatives and Reform Compliance and Investigations (water, air and land) Protection of Biodiversity and threatened species Rural Leasehold Land (Delbessie) Protection of Strategic Cropping Land Vegetation Management and Carbon sequestration Air quality issues Response to Incidents and Emergent Issues e.g. Marine oil spills, recent flooding and cyclonic events
Current DERM Science Associate Director- General OER Terry Wall Assistant Director- General Christine Williams Water Quality & Science Water Planning andscape Sciences Biodiversity & Air Quality Sciences Aquatic Co-ordination Sciences Ecosystem SciencesEcosystem Health & Information South West Aquatic Threatened Remote Sensing Modelling & Queensland Ecological Sciences QScape Species Assessment Hydrology Aquatic Ecosystem North & Central West Soil Process Plant Systematics Monitoring Environmental Risk Queensland & Herbarium Information Systems & Decision Support Hydrology South East Environmental Land Resource Biodiversity Sciences Urban Water Cycle Queensland Reporting Assessment Hydrology Aquatic Ecosystem Hydrographic Regional Ecosystem Science Strategy Health Chemistry Centre Support Unit Survey & Mapping & Integration Water Planning Ecology
Current Science Highlights Monitoring and assessment of the impact of recent floods and cyclones “Paddock to Reef” monitoring and modelling program – a major investment in understanding land management practice impacts on Reef water quality Statewide remote sensing of vegetation resources, including monitoring of clearing Interactions between land condition and water quality Air quality monitoring programs for priority industrial and mining areas Emergent water quality monitoring programs for Fitzroy Basin – impacts of mining on river water quality Monitoring of iconic marine species e.g. turtles, dugong
Highlights continued… Murray Darling Basin Water Resource Planning Water quality and aquatic ecosystems health processes modelling in streams, estuaries and groundwater for water resource plans Support for leasehold land assessment by satellite mapping of ground cover Queensland Herbarium collections and data bases (including the Australian Tropical Herbarium) Statewide mapping of regional ecosystems and wetlands
The FutureContinue to develop the evidence base for policy, planning and management, using innovative approaches Whole of landscape – integrated view Complexity of policy decisions – multiple assessment criteria and trade offs Ecology of threatened species e.g. turtles and dugongs Developing comprehensive inventories of landscape features and land use through remote sensing Urban water science including design options for flood prone areas and water sensitive cities New initiatives in earth science e.g. including geochemistry and geomorphology Restoration ecology and future rural landscape design