Open-air Laboratory


Operandum open-air laboratories (oals) cover a wide range of hazards, with different levels of climate projections, land use, socio-economic characterization, existing monitoring activities and nbs acceptance.

Weany Creek sub-catchment (13 km2), within the Upper Burdekin Catchment (3626 km2) and part of the Burdekin River Basin

Motivation for choice according to hazard exposure and asset value

 Gully erosion issues on grazing lands
 Hydrogeomorphic processes involved in gully initiation and expansion
 Transport of sediments from gully systems to receiving waters
 Impact on the Great Barrier Reef

Possible nature-based and hybrid solutions

 Restoring degraded land using environmentally friendly and sustainable biotechnology
 Developing methods to limit transport sediments and limit erosion
 Improving the economy of the area
 Establishing a healthy operation of gully erosion in Great Barrier Reef

For more information you can visit the interactive page with elaborated details and solutions for OAL-Australia.

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Across the world, we are facing challenges like disaster risk everyday. Some of us are living in areas where disasters are very likely. Which challenges are you facing in your area? Flood, landslides, coastal erosion, drought, something else?

Soil Erosion

Soil erosion is the denudation of the upper layer of soil. It is a form of soil degradation. This natural process is caused by the dynamic activity of erosive agents, such as water, snow, ice, air, plants, animals and humans.


Coastal Erosion & Storm surge

Coastal erosion is the loss of land along the shoreline due to the natural removal of sediments or bedrock from the shoreline. It is often associated with extreme weather events such as coastal storms, storm surge and flooding.


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