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ANSTO conducts and enables inter-disciplinary research using nuclear and isotopic techniques to address some of Australia’s and the world’s most challenging environmental problems, focusing on water resource sustainability, climate change, and the impact of contaminants.

There is a commitment to train early career researchers from Australia and overseas from in the application of nuclear techniques to study environmental systems, as well as develop new research tools and products. 

ANSTO undertakes partnerships and collaborations with other eminent research and science organisations and industry and provides advice to all levels on government on environmental issues.

Strategic Priorities

  • Contributing to sustainable management of water resources

    Contributing to sustainable management of water resources

    ANSTO's research quantifies past and present rates of recharge to key water resource regions. Using our capabilities in isotopic tracing analysis, we provide water resource managers with information on water quality and the sustainability of groundwater resources and aquatic ecosystems.

    Find out more about sustainable management.
  • Environmental change

    Building capacity to respond to environmental change

    ANSTO's multi-disciplinary expertise helps build knowledge of the diverse range of mechanisms and processes that impact Australia and Antarctica. These include past climate variability, ocean circulation, the global carbon cycle, landscape evolution and degradation, and other human impacts including past migration pattern. 

    Find out more about environmental change
  • Characterising the behaviour of contaminants to lessen their impact

    Characterising the behaviour of contaminants

    Research to understand how contaminants move through the soil and affect ecosystems and humans as well estimating emissions. 

    Find our more about contamination monitoring