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Water Efficiency

How do we best allocate water to catchments to optimise environmental, ecological and social outcomes?

We can use water more efficiently - for environmental benefit, productive use, consumption as well as distribution.

For the environment, new decision support tools are required that take into account landscape scale processes and trade-off multiple community benefits. This requires trans-disciplinary cooperation including: ecology, GIS modelling, hydrology, mathematics, engineering, economics and optimisation modelling.

Example Projects include:

  • Likely ecological consequences to South Australian of the proposed (at the time of writing) Murray Darling Basin Plan. Further details
  • Optimisation to help schedule environmental flow management alternatives for rivers, wetlands, and floodplains
  • Decision support system for water management in the Upper South East in South Australia. Further details
Environment Institute
The University of Adelaide



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