A recently published article emphasises the importance of strong cooperative approaches to managing our water resources.

Wine grape growers are among those who are responding fastest as their crop is extremely sensitive to weather and climatic shifts. Growers have had to learn quickly how to adapt to safeguard their industry including pruning for better canopy management, growing cover crops to keep the ground cooler and promote soil health, and reducing how much water they use in irrigation.  In the same way, Australia’s broader farming community will also have to draw on similar adaptations by preparing for less rainfall or finding ways to capture the enormous rain bursts in other areas.

While a fix in 2019 of a new pipeline drawing water directly from the Murray Darling Basin has helped Langhorne Creek grape growers overcome an immediate water supply issue, it does not defeat broader climate risk.

This work is part of a broader Australian Research Council (DP210101849) project examining Hydrosocial Adaptations to Water Risk in Australian Agriculture, which is looking at how farmers and decision-makers are working together to adapt their water systems to changing levels of availability and demand.

The original article featured in The Conversation with Dr Bill Skinner, Associate Professor Douglas Bardsley and Associate Professor Georgina Drew contributing.

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We often hear about the benefits of spending time in nature. But what things prevent or help us spend time in nature? It is important to know the answer to these questions to provide better access to our natural environments, as well as understand the ways different people prefer to engage with the outdoors. Researchers […]

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One of the overwhelming messages from this federal election is that Australians care deeply about protecting our environment. We see this not only in our polling booths, but increasingly, also in the way communities partner with us on science that protects our planet. Environment Institute researchers are leading the way with ‘community science’, an innovative […]

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Today we celebrate World Ocean Day! Environment Institute marine researchers are using the natural relationships between bivalves and macroalgae to enhance the restoration of South Australia’s lost reef ecosystems. Over 150 years ago, oyster reefs, kelp forests, and seagrass meadows lined the South Australian coastline. These ecosystems provided a rich and productive marine environment but […]

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The Visions 2100 Project was launched at the COP21 conference in Paris in 2015.  ‘Stories from 2030’ is the follow-up from ‘Visions 2100 – Stories from your Future’. When: Thursday, 9 June 2022, 7:00pm – 8:30pm Where: Unley Town Hall, Oxford Terrace, Unley SA 5061 Book now: Stories from 2030 In the first instalment, Stories from your Future, the […]

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Experts from the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) have been commended by the Chief of the Navy Australia for their part in identifying the only crew member ever recovered from the sinking of HMAS Sydney. In a ceremony held on the University’s North Terrace campus, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO RAN […]

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As environmental scientists, we spend a lot of time studying global trends and problems – like climate change, habitat loss and species extinction. We build models, predict scenarios, write reports, and hang our heads in misery. Global environmental sustainability challenges are as immense as they are daunting. And while it is important to continue championing […]

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Though oysters may be brainless bivalves, they can “hear” and swim towards attractive sounds of the sea. We played the crackling sound of snapping shrimp, which indicates a healthy reef, to baby oysters using underwater speakers. We discovered the oysters swim towards the sound.  This opens the possibility of playing marine sounds to attract oysters […]

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The Advertiser’s 40 movers and shakers under 40 list celebrates South Australia’s rising stars shaping our state’s future. Congratulations to Environment Institute member, Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries, an entomologist and a passionate science communicator, honoured on this year’s list. Erinn is a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Adelaide and Honorary Researcher at the South Australian Museum.  She specialises in […]

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Researchers from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the research division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA), will examine soil DNA samples collected over the past 20 years to improve productivity, profitability and resilience for Australia’s agricultural sector. The project – “Past, present and future […]

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