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IWW Special Seminar: A robust methodology for conducting large-scale assessments of current and future water availability

Speaker: David Post Program Director, South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative, CSIRO Land and Water

Friday, October 15, 2010 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Dr David Post led the $4.2m Tasmania Sustainable Yields Project from July 2008 to January 2010. After completing a PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra, he spent three years carrying out a Post-Doc at Oregon State University from 1996-1999. Since that time, he has worked for the CSIRO and is currently the Director of the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative.

Seminar Abstract:

In order to effectively manage water resources, detailed, accurate (and therefore reliable) assessments of water availability are required. The Australian Government has commissioned CSIRO to carry out water availability assessments for some of the major river systems across Australia. This presentation details the methods used and provides some illustrative results for one such ‘sustainable yields’ project – for Tasmania, an island state in south eastern Australia where there are State and Commonwealth plans to increase the area of land under irrigated agriculture. The methodology has now been applied to four large regions and there are plans to apply it to a further three within Australia. It is sufficiently robust to be transferable to other countries where large-scale assessments of current and future water availability are required.


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Julie Bain
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iww at oregonstate.edu
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