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Flow-MER Fridays: Series 2

Webinar 1: Using environmental water to manage for resilience –
the why, the how and the what

Friday, 26th February 2021; 10.30am – 11:30am

Presenter: Prof Ross Thompson (University of Canberra), Dr Emily Barbour (CSIRO) and Nerida Sloane (CEWO)

Resilience is the ability of a system to ‘bounce back’ after it has been affected by disturbance.  Murray Darling Basin rivers are constantly subject to disturbance from blackwater events, algal blooms, fire, drought, land-use change and water abstraction.  One of the objectives of the Murray Darling Basin Plan is to manage for “Ecosystems resilient to climate change and other risks”.

Why is ecosystem resilience important?
What insights do we have into how resilience functions in the MDB?
How might that be achieved?

In this webinar Ross, Emily and Nerida will discuss the work being undertaken through Flow-MER to help us answer these questions.  We look forward to you joining us, and if you cannot attend the webinar we recommend you register so that we can share the webinar recording with you after the event.

Register Here

Presenters

Prof Ross Thompson

Ross is a freshwater ecologist, interested in the study of aquatic biodiversity, ecosystem function and food web ecology. Ross is the director of the Centre for Applied Water Science, University of Canberra.

Dr Emily Barbour

Emily is a Senior Research Scientist in hydrology at CSIRO and the Co-Leader of the Flow-MER Basin project. Emily works on a diverse range of water issues within Australia and internationally, focusing on collaboratively generating knowledge and tools to support decision making for complex environmental challenges.

Nerida Sloane

Nerida is an environmental water manager with the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office and is passionate about supporting Australia’s rivers, wetlands and floodplains. Nerida has over 20 years’ experience in the water space specialising in environmental water delivery, wetlands policy and management, water quality policy and projects and river health assessment.

Feature image: Wood ducks in flight over Paika Lake. Photo: Heather McGinness

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