Floodplain Restoration and Climate Change
There is a massive floodplain restoration effort underway across the Murray-Darling Basin involving the delivery of environmental water onto floodplains to restore their natural ecosystem function and biodiversity. However little consideration has been made of the effectiveness of this program under conditions of climate change and the potential contribution of the program to carbon sequestration. In this project, novel water quality and sediment monitoring systems developed by the KIT (Karlsruhe institute of Technology) supervisors will be deployed in a floodplain wetland on the Murray River. The project will examine how weather conditions (wind and solar radiation) interact with water regime to influence carbon cycling within the floodplain. The project will evaluate potential effects of climate change on wetland processes and the potential for carbon sequestration that might be achieved through floodplain restoration.
This is a joint PhD project with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.