Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF)
The Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) officially closed June 2011. The closing of the CERF program includes the Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility (MTSRF).
The $100million program started in 2005 in response to Australia's priority environmental concerns. The program supported environmental public policy objectives drawing on multiple disciplines, professional partnerships and existing research efforts. The dedication and hard work over the life of the program resulted in a wealth of research information useful to inform policy decisions for Government and other research users.
CERF legacy products
CERF final report
The CERF final report is a snap shot of the program with a listing of the CERF Hubs, significant Projects and Fellowships. It outlines the program objectives and outcomes with some examples of CERF research. The report highlights the program successes and lessons learnt useful for future programs.
CERF mapper is an interactive tool that allows you to view some of the project outcomes funded through the CERF program. It lists the research Hubs, Significant Project and Fellowship published journal articles, books, chapters, documents and factsheets. The CERF mapper tool is searchable by hub, location, keyword and policy relevance. It lists each item with name and location plus the journal location with bibliography detail and abstract.
Please note: full document copies of journal article abstracts can be obtained by contacting the CERF Hub, Significant Project and Fellowship contact officer or chief researcher.
CERF evaluation report
The CERF evaluation report summarises the outcomes of the CERF Program.
The evaluation addresses how well the CERF program performed against its objective to disburse $100 million over four years to strengthen public good environmental research; build research knowledge; and deliver outputs for decision and policy makers.
The evaluation report also includes recommendations for strategic improvements for the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) informing the future program's strategic direction outlining the enhancements necessary for the processes and policies that underpin it.
CERF research websites
Each of the CERF Research hubs has established a website that lists published documents; and outlines the research themes, location of research, researchers and affiliated institutions.
CERF research final reports
Each of the CERF Hubs, Significant Projects and Fellowships has highlighted their CERF research in a final document. For full details of the research including analysis and outcomes follow the links to the attached documents.
National Environmental Research Program (NERP)
Future research investment will be delivered through NERP. The NERP program replaces the CERF program and focuses on biodiversity, coinciding with the International Year of Biodiversity.
National Environmental Research Program
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6274 2589
- Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities final report 2011 (PDF - 511 KB) (PDF - 510.59 KB)
- Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities final report 2011, Word version (DOCX - 284.41 KB)
- MTSRF Annual Report 2009-2010 (PDF 3.8 MB) (PDF - 3.78 MB)
- TRaCK final report (PDF - 3.0 MB) (PDF - 2.98 MB)
- AEDA Final Report (PDF - 2.0 MB) (PDF - 1.55 MB)
- Final report for the Landscape Logic CERF Hub (PDF 6.5 MB) (PDF - 6.47 MB)
- Australian Marine Mammal Centre final report (PDF - 266 KB) (PDF - 265.02 KB)
- Prediction and Management of Australia's Marine Biodiversity (PDF - 5.9 MB) (PDF - 5.87 MB)
- 21st Century Taxonomy: accelerating research and discovery of Australia's biodiversity (PDF - 2.6 MB) (PDF - 2.55 MB)
- Predicting and monitoring climate change in insects: from genes to distribution shifts (PDF - 484 KB) (PDF - 483.55 KB)
- Predicting and monitoring climate change in insects: from genes to distribution shifts, Word version (DOCX - 160.09 KB)
- Volunteer monitoring of the state of Australian rocky reef communities (PDF - 899 KB) (PDF - 888.78 KB)
- Volunteer monitoring of the state of Australian rocky reef communities, Word version (DOC - 2.09 MB)
- Using tree rings of an Australian conifer as a bio-indicator of decadal-scale environmental change (PDF - 293 KB) (PDF - 292.49 KB)
- Using tree rings of an Australian conifer as a bio-indicator of decadal-scale environmental change, Word version (DOC - 82.5 KB)
- Sustainable farms: future pathways for rural landscapes (PDF - 359 KB) (PDF - 358.7 KB)
- INFFER: Investment Framework for Environmental Resources (PDF - 198 KB) (PDF - 197.55 KB)
- INFFER: Investment Framework for Environmental Resources, Word version (DOC - 169 KB)
- Determining watering regimes to protect floodplains under hyper-drought conditions (PDF - 2.1 MB) (PDF - 2.06 MB)
- Optimising weed risk management investment through improved spatial distribution and benefit cost analysis modelling (PDF - 975 KB) (PDF - 978.18 KB)
- Climate futures for Tasmania: final project management report (PDF - 3.2 MB) (PDF - 3.2 MB)
- Waterholes in a changing climate: Hydrological vulnerability and implications for ecological services and cultural values (PDF - 359 KB) (PDF - 358.04 KB)
- Developing a basis for a Long-term Ecological Research Network in Australia and a systematic approach to environmental monitoring (PDF - 211 KB) (PDF - 210.27 KB)
- Ecosystem model analysis to address fisheries management issues in south eastern Australia and the implications of climate change (PDF - 1.3 MB) (PDF - 1.33 MB)
- Ecosystem model analysis to address fisheries management issues in south eastern Australia and the implications of climate change, Word version (DOCX - 1.45 MB)
- Development of an autonomous (acoustic) biodiversity monitoring system (PDF - 942 KB) (PDF - 941.83 KB)
- Development of an autonomous (acoustic) biodiversity monitoring system, Word verison (DOC - 2.39 MB)