Internal Report 393
>Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist
Supervising Scientist Division
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2002
About the report
The Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist (eriss) is part of the Supervising Scientist Division of Environment Australia. It has staff and facilities in Darwin and Jabiru in the Northern Territory. eriss was established to undertake independent research on behalf of the Australian community to establish the best methods available for the protection of people and ecosystems in the Alligator Rivers region (Alligator Rivers Region) during mining operations and rehabilitation. Following a decision by the Australian Federal Government in 1993, a program of research began on the ecology and conservation of wetlands. This has resulted in the development of the National Centre for Tropical Wetland Research (nctwr) which is a formalised alliance between eriss, James Cook University, Northern Territory University and the University of Western Australia.
eriss research activities are conducted under two main themes:
- Research on and monitoring of the impact of mining on people and the environment, focussing on the effects of mining in the Alligator Rivers Region;
- Research on the ecology and conservation of tropical wetlands.
These activities are conducted by four research programs: Environmental Radioactivity, Ecosystem Protection, Hydrological and Ecological Processes and Ecological Risk Assessment. Assistance is provided by a Research Support and Communications program and with administrative and information management services being provided by staff from the Office of the Supervising Scientist.