Australian farm dams
Farm dams are the highest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters of all freshwater ecosystems, producing the equivalent to 385,000 cars each day in Victoria alone. This is because they are a hotspot for methane (CH4) emissions – a greenhouse gas 34 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2). Yet, the Australian Government lacks the capacity to monitor farm dams due to their small size and remoteness, and hence tackle their GHG footprint.
In collaboration with the Deakin University's Blue Carbon Lab and the WA Dept. of Primary Industries and Regional Development, I developed AusDams.org: the first nation-wide map of Australia’s farm dams.
The goal of this project is to explore new management strategies and engage with stakeholders to discuss incentives for “greener” practices.
Read more on this project here.