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Water Research Centre
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 Australia

Phone:+61 8 8313 3747
Facsimile:+61 8 8313 6222


We regard collaboration as a vitally important process for exchanging ideas and advancing science and its application.

Our three main areas of collaboration are:


Our members are participants in national and international collaborations with leading researchers and research organisations. Some of our most recent and influential papers are:

  • Brookes JD and Carey CC. (2011) ‘Resilience to Blooms' Science Vol. 334, pp 46-47
  • Varcoe,J., van Leeuwen,J.A., Chittleborough,D.J., Cox,J.W., Smernik,R.J. and Heitz,A. (2010) Changes in water quality following gypsum application to catchment soils of the Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia. Organic Geochemistry 41 (2) 116-123.
  • Mavi, M.S., Marschner, P., Chittleborough, D.J., Cox, J.W. Sanderman, J. 2012. Salinity and sodicity affect soil respiration and dissolved organic matter dynamics differentially in soils varying in texture. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 45: 8-13.
  • Zecchin A.C., Simpson A.R., Maier H.R. and Nixon J.B. (2005) "Parametric study for an ant algorithm applied to water distribution system optimization." IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 9(2), 175-191.
  • Gillanders BM et al. 2011. Potential effects of climate change on Australian estuaries and fish utilising estuaries: a review. Marine and Freshwater Research 62: 1115-1131.
  • Lockart NA, Kavetski D and Franks SW (2009) On recent warming in Murray Darling Basin: Land surface interactions misunderstood, Geophysical Research Letters, 36 (L24405).
  • Fenicia F, Kavetski D and Savenije HHG (2011) Elements of a flexible framework for conceptual hydrological modeling at the catchment scale. Part 1. Motivation and theoretical development, Water Resources Research, 47, W11510.
  • Kavetski D and Fenicia F (2011) Elements of a flexible framework for conceptual hydrological modeling at the catchment scale. Part 2. Application and experimental insights, Water Resources Research, 47, W11511.
  • Renard, Benjamin; Kavetski, Dimitri; Leblois, E.; Thyer, Mark Andrew; Kuczera, George; Franks, S. W. Toward a reliable decomposition of predictive uncertainty in hydrological modeling: Characterizing rainfall errors using conditional simulation Water Resources Research, 2011; 47:W11516
  • Bennion, H., Sayer, C.D., Tibby, J. and Carrick, H.J. (2010). Diatoms as indicators of environmental change in shallow lakes. In: E. F. Stoermer and J. P. Smol. (Eds.) The Diatoms: Applications for the Earth and Environmental Sciences. New York, Cambridge University Press, pp. 152 - 173.


Water resources are a key strategic asset for most countries in the world. Our research is targeted to underpin more sustainable management of natural resources, and we have a number of relationships with government agencies on collaborative research projects.

Joint appointments with government agencies help to build a ‘hard-wired' link between research and policy adoption. The Water Research Centre currently has four joint positions with the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Our research has helped to underpin:

  • Lakes and reservoir management (internationally) to minimise the risk of algal blooms
  • Policy related to the management of the Coorong and Lower Lakes, a Ramsar listed wetland in South Australia
  • A decision support system and policy related to water management in the South East of South Australia, a biodiversity hotspot and site of a number of Ramsar listed wetlands
  • Policy related to the management of the River Murray


Industry collaborations with Universities are a major source of new innovations. For an individual business, commercial benefits can be obtained from cooperating with Universities on research, but the pathway for cooperation needs to match the needs of the business and the skill-set of researchers.

Researchers with an interest in water at the University of Adelaide have delivered significant benefits to industry and government through their research, including industrial, environmental and agricultural benefits. In particular, our research has saved many millions of dollars in water infrastructure and maintenance costs through optimisation of design.

Research with industry can be tailored to meet your needs. By working through the Water Research Centre, you will be put in contact with researchers who will best meet your research needs, both in terms of expertise and ability to deliver to your timeframe.

You are invited to contact us to discuss your interests and ideas. We can help to match you requirements to researchers within The University of Adelaide, and to other potential partners and co-investors.