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Adam Lillicrap

Phone: (+61 4) 0049 1399


Start date

Apr 2008

Submission date

Apr 2017

Adam Lillicrap

Thesis

The impact of agricultural practices on the acidification of water bodies and the environment

Summary

The research will examine the role of agricultural practices and other controls on the acidification of water bodies and the environment in south-west Australia. The main areas of research are:

1) Understanding the hydrological and geochemical processes in a groundwater dependent ecosystem impacted by coastal acid sulfate soils disturbed by agricultural practices.

2) Understanding the origins of acid-saline groundwater using long term hydrological and spatial datasets.

3) Investigating the hydrological and geochemical processes of acidification of surface waters by acid saline groundwaters

4) Modelling surface water - groundwater interactions and water quality to understand acidification of surface waters by acid saline groundwater

5) Investigating the use of passive treatment systems to remediate surface waters impacted by acid saline groundwater

Why my research is important

The 2007 Western Australian State of Environment Report concluded that agricultural practices contribute to the acidification of inland waters. There remains however significant knowledge gaps in how and the extent agricultural practices are contributing to acidification of water bodies and the environment in south western Australia. This research seeks to address some of these knowledge gaps with the aim to the improve the management of acidification of inland waters by agricultural practices.


 

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