Dr Michael Stewardson from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering has won the 2011 Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation in conjunction with colleagues from the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University.
Water Cycle Management and Environmental Water Research
Water Cycle Management
The scarcity of water and the competing claims for access to it has steered research towards the objective of reducing demand. Improving water efficiency requires research into: emerging technologies and design; planning, forecasting and analysis; benchmarking, monitoring and evaluation; price reform and innovations such as smart metering; and training and capacity building, especially in developing and emerging economies. It is also recognised that demand management and efficiency opportunities have been taken up to a much greater degree in the water sector than the transport or electricity sectors, and that all sectors can learn from the combined experiences of implementing demand management and efficiency measures.
Research Partners & Collaborators: National Water Initiative, Murray Darling Basin Authority, Birchip Cropping, Bureau of Meteorology, Universities of Birmingham, UNSW, Universitas 21, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Department of Sustainability & Environment, Smart Water Fund (Southeast Water Ltd).
Environmental Water Research
Water for human use must be drawn or diverted from environmental flows. The ecology of catchments, groundwater and rivers is under various threats in large areas of Australia. The Australian Centre for Environmetrics (ACE) is modelling water cycle management to research environmental impacts and of their consequences. This is placing greater reliance on statistical modes of inference, analysis, and interpretation.This theme includes topical research e.g., desalination. Leaders include Prof Scales and A/Prof Downes, Walsh and Kolev.
Research Partners & Collaborators: Melbourne Port Authority, Department of Sustainability and Environment, University of Edinburgh, Monash University, Smart Water Fund, Victorian Water Trust