CAPIM is dedicated to finding innovative solutions,
to improve the health of water environments.

The Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM) is a scientific research organisation, established to identify and address the impact of pollution in water environments.

CAPIM's goal is to improve aquatic ecosystem health by developing innovative approaches to pollution detection for inland waters and estuaries, and working with environmental management practitioners to reduce pollution impacts.

We do this by:

*   Applying multidisciplinary and collaborative science between environmental management agencies and other research institutes;

*   Engaging in high quality "forensic" science to identify pollution impacts;

*   Developing novel pollution identification technologies for inland waters and estuaries;

*   Developing cost-effective, integrated water monitoring tools;

*   Creating opportunities and forums for the transfer of integrated water pollutant information and knowledge between agencies.


Our scientists are engaged in multiple disciplines including chemistry, ecotoxicology, biomarker research, fish histology, metabolomics, animal morphology and animal behaviour.

Detecting Pollution:

Since commencing in January 2010, CAPIM has developed pollution detection technologies to:

*   Detect acute pollution events, especially in storm water drains;

*   Detect pesticides and endocrine disrupting chemicals, and;

*   Monitor water sediment quality.

Working in Partnership:

CAPIM is based at The University of Melbourne in the Department of Zoology and the School of Chemistry. Additional research locations include the Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute), DEPI Queenscliff, and RMIT Bundoora. CAPIM operates in partnership with Melbourne Water, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Environment Protection Authority (EPA Victoria).


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