eriss research summary 2005 - 2006

Supervising Scientist Report 193
DR Jones, KG Evans & A Webb (eds)
Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007
ISSN 1325-1554
ISBN-13: 978 1 921069 02 4
ISBN-10: 1 921069 02 3

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This report documents research projects undertaken by the Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist over the 2005-06 financial year.

The balance and strategic prioritisation of work within the uranium component of eriss's project portfolio is defined by Key Knowledge Needs developed by consultation between the Alligator Rivers Region Technical Committee, the Supervising Scientist, Energy Resources of Australia and other stakeholders. The KKNs comprise six thematic areas based primarily on geographic provenance. The content of the research programs developed for each of these areas is assessed and reviewed annually by ARRTC in consultation with stakeholder groups.

eriss contributes to the addressing of the KKNs by applying its expertise in:

  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental radioactivity
  • Hydrological and geomorphic processes
  • Monitoring and ecosystem protection
  • Biophysical pathways and ecological risk assessment
  • Aquatic chemistry

Not all of the KKN research areas are able to be covered by eriss, since not all of the required disciplines are available within the Institute. To address these gaps, collaborative projects are initiated with researchers from other organisations. KKN projects related to the detailed hydrogeology or tailings management on the Ranger lease are conducted and reported separately by consultants engaged by Energy Resources of Australia Pty Ltd.

Communication between research providers is addressed by stakeholder presentations and interactions at ARRTC meetings, as well as by conduct of formal multi-stakeholder workshops, and presentations at conferences and workshops. Communication with local Indigenous people and other regional stakeholders is an integral part of the project approvals and reporting processes. A dedicated Indigenous Communications Officer is stationed at the Jabiru field station for this purpose.

This report has been structured under five main headings, consistent with the KKN framework:

  1. Ranger - Current Operations
  2. Ranger - Rehabilitation
  3. Jabiluka
  4. Nabarlek
  5. General Alligators Rivers Region

Three maps provide the regional context for the locations that are referenced in the research papers.

The final section of this report contains a summary of the non-uranium mining related external projects carried out in 2005-06.