Managing droughts and water security – getting maximum value from palaeoclimate records

Introduction

The next panel presentation, which is incredibly relevant to the current drought, is scheduled for:

26th November 2019
BoM Elizabeth Street Office
Register/Network from 5:30pm
Formal Start: 6:00pm

We already have a lot of interest for this so please ensure that you pre-register to ensure your place.

Abstract

Droughts cause significant problems in Australia. However, we still do not know the true chance of a drought occurring or how reliable existing infrastructure is for dealing with current and future drought impacts. This talk (i) summarises recent research that demonstrates how drought risk changes due to multidecadal climate variability and (ii) discusses the implications of this for water management, policy and infrastructure.

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Slides and Video From Drones in Water Engineering

It has taken a while for our backend systems to catch up but all three presenters have submitted their slides in PDF format and the video from the BoM conference facility is live on YouTube, check it out via the embed below or watch it natively on YouTube.

The three presentation slides are:

  1. Heights and UAVs, Dr Craig Roberts
  2. Harnessing drones for water engineering, Chris Drumond
  3. Water Sampling Drone, Tim Hill

Drones and Remote Sensing in Water Engineering

The next Panel presentation will be deliver by three highly skilled operators and managers that have extensive experience in the deployment and analysis of drones in Water Engineering. We are being hosted by the Bureau of Metereology at their Elizabeth Street facility on 27th August 2019. Free for members ($30 for non-EA or BoM) but please pre-register and check out the PDF flyer for all the details.

Drone on landing pad in coastal wetland (courtesy Chris Drummong, UNSW WRL).
Drone on landing pad in coastal wetland (courtesy Chris Drummond, UNSW WRL).

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Congratulations to the NCWE Student Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the NCWE Student Scholarship Awards, in alphabetical order:

  • Nicholas Klein
  • Mitchell Knox
  • Amber Smith

They are pictured here with Brendan Berghout of the Kuczera Symposium Organising Committee.

NCWE Student Scholarship Winners

Speakers for Kuczera Symposium

The organisers have locked in most of the speakers for the Kuzcera Symposium and its clear that this event is rapidly becoming the event to be at for Hydrolody theory and practice in Australia and New Zealand for 2019. Some of the highlights include:

  1. National Testing Model and Big Data
  2. Integrating drought risk and drought planning
  3. Urban systems hydrology
  4. Next generation stochastic data for water resource planning
  5. Applying an MCMC approach to pipe condition assessment
  6. Urban water planning methods: step change or trend
  7. Practicalities and learnings from 2 years of ARR
  8. Hydrological model development and parameter fitting

Early bird pricing closes at 5pm sharp Sydney time today (24th May 2019) and with the symposium a little over two weeks away there won’t be any last minute extensions.

ARR 2019 Launched

In case you missed it the latest update to the ARR living document: ARR 2019 is now live in multiple formats: PDF; Web and ePub. Check it out online courtesy of GeoScience Australia.

Don’t forget the supporting projects either.

Nutrient Removal Presentations

The presenters have been kind enough to post PDFs of their presentations:

Kuczera Symposium

On 12-13 June 2019 we will be holding a symposium marking George’s formal retirement from The University of Newcastle and the start of George’s post-university career and lifestyle. This will be a symposium open to all George’s friends and professional colleagues to celebrate the myriad of contributions George has made to hydrology research and professional practice throughout his career, and to look forward to the future in these areas by identifying Grand Challenges in research, practice, and how to link the two.

Professor George Kuczera
Professor George Kuczera

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Nutrient Management Through Nature-based Solutions and Policy

Overview

Unprecedented growth in Sydney is putting pressures on the receiving waters. The increases in nutrients runoff and discharges affect the aquatic health and can influence the liveability of urban areas near receiving waters. Management of these nutrients will be critical in ensuring liveable healthy communities through maintaining aquatic health and supporting the economic activities on the rivers and creeks.

Source: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/water/10225hnnms.pdf

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ARRB ARR2016 Road Training

The Australian Road Research Board is hosting a two x two-day workshops on ARR2016 with a specific focus on Austroads Guide to Road Design Parts 5, 5a & 5b.  They will be delivered by Mark Babister and Bill Weeks in Brisbane on 30 April/1 May and Melbourn on 4/5 June. 

Rainfall Runoff Processes in Urban Catchments (Source ARR2016)

Content includes:

  • familiarising road designers and civil engineers with current best practice in road drainage design;
  • outlining application of “Australian Rainfall and Runoff” to road drainage design, and;
  • describing how drainage conditions can influence road design, road location.

Full details at: https://www.arrb.com.au/workshops/drainage

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