The Centre for Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research, undertakes research in fields related to water science, resource management and the ecology of water ecosystems to provide advice for managers. Their areas of research include:
- Freshwater Ecology - provides advice for the management of agriculture, mining and water extraction impacts on freshwater ecosystems.
- Coastal and Estuarine - focuses on understanding these ecosystems, their species, the ecological processes that sustain them, and the pressures they face.
- Seagrass Ecology - advises management agencies responsible for coastal development and planning.
- Catchment to Reef - studies environmental issues from the headwaters of the Great Barrier Reef catchment to the outer reef.
- Water Quality and Contaminants - regional monitoring and detection and advise on remediation of water contamination problems.
- Oceanography - investigates the effect of sediment and nutrients on coral reefs.
- Hydrological - specialises in understanding quantifying the effects of high wet season (flood) and low dry season river flows on aquatic ecosystems, and detecting surface-groundwater interactions using remote sensing.
- Socio Economic - focuses on the interactions between people and aquatic systems.