Monash Progress Report 2020 – Goal 14
Monash University Progress Report 2020 on the Sustainable Development Goals
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Coastal Research Group View
Coastal habitats play a vital role in mitigating the effects of sea level rise, through increasing sediment accretion rates and thus surface elevation. Monash's Coastal Research Group is based at the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment and seeks to understand how marine and coastal vegetated habitats function and how they are impacted by natural disturbance, anthropogenic impacts, and climate change.
The group's research themes including coastal dynamics, ecology and biogeography using a combination of field studies, remote sensing, laboratory analyses, and numerical modelling. The insights gained from research provide important guidance for the effective management of these habitats into the future.
Ecology and Conservation View
Ecology and Conservation is one of key research areas within the Monash School of Biological Sciences. Working across freshwater, marine and terrestrial environments, from the tropics to the Antarctic, and in state-of-the-art laboratory settings, researchers are working to understand ecological processes, and the consequences of environmental change for species and the ecosystems they occupy. The work contributes to the fields of fundamental ecology and environmental science, while also promoting evidence-based conservation management and policy decisions to secure biodiversity and limit disruptions to human society.
Securing Antartica's Environmental Future View
Monash-led program Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF) was named the recipient of $36 million funding under the ARC Special Research Initiative for Excellence in Antarctic Science in April 2020. SAEF will deliver world-leading research to forecast environmental change across the Antarctic, deploy effective environmental stewardship strategies, and secure Antarctica as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science.
SAEF is a joint program with five other Australian universities, the WA Museum and SA Museum, with government agencies including the Australian Antarctic Division, Geoscience Australia, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, and the Bureau of Meteorology. The program commences 2021.
2020 Publications Performance View
Mean Field Weighted Citation Impact of Monash Outputs: 1.68
Number of Monash Research Outputs: 56
Unit statistics and highlights View
In 2020, 94 units directly related to SDG14 were offered across Monash University, with a total enrolment of 7,179 students.
The units highlighted below are a small sample of the units at Monash relating to life below water:
Monash Lens: Ocean plastic pollution View
Researchers from across Monash are tackling plastic pollution in the ocean from different perspectives. This Monash Lens collection is bringing a sharp focus to this work through articles and podcasts.
Food and land use transitions: Securing a healthy and productive ocean View
A healthy and productive ocean is one of the ten critical transitions identified by the global Food and Land Use Coalition that are needed to transform the world’s food and land use systems. As a member of the Coalition, Monash-hosted Climateworks Centre is working to adapt each of the global transitions to reflect Australia’s unique national and regional circumstances and identify key actions to accelerate the transition, including this report on Securing a healthy and productive ocean.
Water sensitive urban design View
Monash University campuses are preparing for water scarcity and flash flooding events as the campuses grow and develop. Our campuses are reducing their water demand and capturing stormwater to use as a water source to reduce the reliance on potable water.
Our landscapes employ Water Sensitive Urban Design practices at a strategic scale to ensure that the campuses are purifying our water resources on campus, reducing peak damaging peak flow and maximising efficiency of our water harvesting systems and infiltration into our landscapes while also reinvigorating and reinstating natural waterway habitats. View our recent landscape projects.
Stormwater pollution View
The grounds and landscaping requirements of the Monash Design and Construction Standards places controls to ensure all construction activities are carried out in accordance with best practice guidelines issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Victoria, and Melbourne Water to minimise risk of stormwater pollution, from contaminated runoff of chemicals, sediments, or other associated construction refuse.