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Research Activities

The NCEA focuses on outcome driven research projects aimed at meeting client and industry needs and is active in the following two key programs and six theme areas.

Program 1: Irrigation and Natural Resource Management

  • Irrigation Application, Storage and Supply Systems
  • Water Resource Planning and Management
  • Sustainable Soil Management

Program 2: Agricultural and Bio-Systems Engineering

  • Precision Agriculture and Livestock Farming
  • Agricultural Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Smart Technologies for Rural Industries and Environmental Management
Program 3: Groundwater research group (GReG)

  • Field studies in the farm-catchment-region scale
  • Numerical modelling of fluid flow, solute transport and heat transport in dynamic aquifer systems
  • Geochemical evolution of groundwater

The NCEA are implementing a long term investment strategy to grow areas of opportunity and increase our capabilities in these theme areas. NCEA reserves are being used to underwrite a range of initiatives, in particular funding of post doc and engineering research positions. A total of 4 new research staff appointments were made during 2011 with a further 4 to be made in 2012.



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