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Quantitative metrics for determining aquifer ecosystem state - Flinders lead - LP130100508

Project Member(s): Seymour, J.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Western Australian Museum
Environment Protection Authority VIC
University of Southern California
Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Environment Protection Authority SA
SA Museum

Start year: 2013

Summary: Aquifers hold 20% of Earth's biomass, yet they are among the least understood ecosystems. Terrestrial assessment methods are qualitative and cannot be employed. We propose to advance understanding of groundwater ecosystems and to advance ecosystem assessment by introducing quantitative metrics, including interaction networks. The expected outcomes are improved management decisions by the Partner Organizations, more sustainable use of groundwater and improvement in the methods of ecosystem assessment.

Keywords: aquifer biology, ecosystem assessment, biodiversity

FOR Codes: Ecosystem Function, Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments, Conservation and Biodiversity, Environmental Impact Assessment, Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity