The Lyn Beazley AO 2021 Ecosystem Observations Webinar Series

Water in our Ecosystems: issues and opportunities

Wednesday, 1 December 15:00 AEST

The issue​

Understanding long-term water impacts on ecosystem biodiversity is fundamental to appreciating the state of Australia’s environment. It is undoubtedly a complex area. For example, what is the significance of the rain-inducing La Niña event now underway? How do we balance increasing human water use and ecosystem services? Are long-term droughts tipping points? How interconnected are Australian ecosystems? 

Learn about work underway from our three eco-hydrology related speakers.


Australia’s Atlas of Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems
Eloise Nation, Senior Hydrogeologist, Bureau of Meteorology

Eloise is interested in standardisation and spatial analysis of groundwater data. She was instrumental in developing the National Groundwater Information System, works on the Australian Groundwater Explorer and leads the maintenance and update of the Atlas of Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems.

World-leading environment infrastructure: Developing a multi-decade, operational, gap-free, Australia-wide, monthly 30 m actual evapotranspiration dataset.
Dr Tim McVicar, Ecohydrological Time-Series Remote Sensing Team Leader, CSIRO

Tim is a spatial eco-hydrologist using time-series remote sensing linked with spatio-temporal interpolation methods and analysis technologies to model and monitor regional eco-hydrological processes. Tim and his team recently produced TERN’s first high-resolution (30m), high-frequency (monthly), continuous (no gaps due to clouds) actual evapotranspiration data.

Changes in ecosystems, water cycling and consequences.
Associate Professor Sally Thompson, University of Western Australia

Sally is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Hydrology, holder of the US National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and the American Geophysical Unions Early Career Hydrology Award. Sally has worked as both an engineering consultant and academic and is coordinating the newly established ARC-LIEF Australian Critical Zone Observatory.