Managing our natural and urban environments in the face of growing population pressures and climate change –including increasingly severe droughts, storms, and bushfires –is one of the great challenges of our time. In the environmental cluster we focus on areas of significant national importance for our environment, including interconnected urban systems, management and monitoring of our waterways and surrounding oceans, and bushfire prediction and response. This leverages expertise in other Engineering clusters for the development of sensors, monitoring platforms, and signal processing algorithms, as well as in Computational Science and Data Science & Analytics clusters in the School of Computing.

We work closely with allied efforts across the ANU, including in the Fenner School of the Environment and the Research School of Earth Sciences. In collaboration with our ANU Indigenous leaders, we are developing a first-in-the-nation Indigenous Engineering Design Studio with the specific aim of threading Indigenous ways of knowledge throughout our work in this space. In collaboration with the Design cluster in the School of Cybernetics, this will serve as a seed activity to grow the support and use of Indigenous ways of knowledge across the College.

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