Soil and landscapes
Australia's soils and landscapes are one of our most valuable assets, critical to food production, sustainable agriculture and our health. Our research spans national and international scales to inform land use planning, policy options and natural resource assessment.
We are trialling new land-use systems, developing innovative farm and industry management practices and improving the efficiency of resource use, including soil, water and fertiliser. Our research encompasses both the biophysical elements of agricultural landscapes and the social, institutional and economic structures.
Research across the landscape
Forests in the landscape
We're developing strategies for keeping Australia's forests productive and healthy into the future, so that they continue to provide us with a range of products and services like timber, habitat and clean water. This research contributes to carbon sequestration and forest sustainability.
Soil health is vital to food and fibre production and maintaining a healthy environment. Our research spans methodologies to measure soil carbon, digital technologies to improve soil management and cost-effective ways of tracking soil condition.
Understanding the geology of deep weathered and transported cover regions is problematic due to the lack of fresh bedrock outcrop and their complex weathering histories which have been developing for millions of years, and the basement rocks can be buried hundreds of meters.
Northern Australia research
CSIRO's robust research informs decision-making to realise the significant opportunities for the region's sustainable development.
History in northern Australia
CSIRO has a 70 year history of delivering innovation and impact in northern Australia.
Unlocking the potential of northern Australia
Northern Australia is a very productive part of the country with substantial opportunities for further targeted development. Our research is guiding the continued sustainable development of the region.
Land tenure in northern Australia
Changes in land tenure arrangements offer significant opportunities to drive diverse investment in the sustainable development of northern Australia.