Intelligent Water Decisions Research Group

The Intelligent Water Decisions Research Group is working to help people make smart decisions about our most precious resource: Water.

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Divide and conquer: how to make it work with alternative water sources and water distribution systems

When it comes to water distribution systems that use alternative water sources, modelling decisions becomes more complex. It becomes much more than the hydraulic components. This paper explains how we are approaching this work, and how it is applied to solve real-world problems.

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Practical advice to reduce uncertainty in hydrological predictions

In this article researchers and industry will learn how to reduce uncertainty in hydrological predictions. It presents the recommendations of a recent study published in the Water Resources Research journal [1].

For the first time, we have identified the best error model to use for representing uncertainty in predictions for hydrological modelling applications. So you can use the recommendations most effectively, we begin by explaining the importance of estimating uncertainty in hydrological predictions.

This was an outcome of a long-term collaboration between the University of Adelaide, University of Newcastle and the seasonal streamflow forecasting team at the Bureau of Meteorology.

The long-term goal of this research is to improve streamflow forecasts around Australia (see impact).

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Investigating rainfall models: Why a comprehensive and systematic approach is essential

In this article we take a look at why we need comprehensive and systematic evaluation of rainfall models. We also examine a new model evaluation framework, with examples of the framework in action.

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Flood risk, not flood hazard: Benefits of a risk-based approach

This is the first of a series of posts that will look at aspects of flood risk assessment that are key to a good analysis. In this post, I set the scene of a risk-based approach to flood management.

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Water utilities adapt through data-driven decisions

The important decisions made by water utilities need to include considerations of an uncertain future. This may mean that they will need to adapt their thinking.

Five things you may not know about plastic pipes

Here in the Water Group we think, study and learn a lot about pipes. Here are five things about plastic pipes that you may not know.

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4 Reasons why your PhD will benefit from OzEWEX

In December 2016, the Intelligent Water Decisions Group had three PhD students participate in the prestigious OzEWEX Summer Institute. They discovered that the Summer Institute was really beneficial. Read on to find out why.

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How to optimise stormwater harvesting systems with multiple objectives

Stormwater harvesting (SWH) is an important, water-sensitive urban design (WSUD) approach. This article shows you a new SWH conceptual design modelling framework. It handles the optimal placement and sizing of stormwater harvesting infrastructure within an urban development.

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7 Things you didn’t know about farm dams

In this article you will learn some things about farm dams that you may not know. It shows you how important they are, the challenges they pose for water resource managers, and how my research will help address some of these challenges.

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The most important questions to ask about climate change

In this article we look at the most important questions to ask about climate change, so we can make better decisions. Those questions are: Under what circumstances will a system fail? And can we extend a system’s breaking point?

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