ARC linkage project success

15 July 2013

Researchers in our faculty have achieved funding success for an Australian Research Council Linkage Project.

Across the University of Sydney, fourteen Linkage Projects were successfully funded receiving a total of $4.37 million over the next four years from the Australian Research Council.

Australian Research Council Linkage Projects funding supports collaborative research projects between higher education researchers and partner organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Partner organisations must make a significant cash or in kind contribution to the project.

Announcing the grants,Professor Aidan Byrne, the CEO of the Australian Research Council said,"We need to encourage collaboration between researchers, industries, and communities to work together and find solutions to real, everyday challenges and issues."

"It's about bringing together the scientists in our research institutions with industry, business and community organisations - those who can apply the outcomes of research - to tap into research expertise and share knowledge."

Our successful Linkage Project is:

Optimisation of catchment management: stable isotope studies of water storage and yield, where Professor Mark Adams, Dr Willem Vervoort, Dr Thomas Buckley, Dr Kevin Simonin and Dr Claudia Keitel, all from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, with Dr Christopher Hepplewhite from ACTEW AGL Corporation Limited, will receive $541,581 over four years for their research. Focusing on the Cotter catchment, this project will establish how the water content of soils and tree stems regulates the amount of water used by trees in sub-catchments, and thus how much reaches streams and dams. Small areas supply most of the water yield and this project will help identify where managers should focus efforts to increase yield.

Contact: Prue Winkler

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