Theme and Sub-themes

The theme for HWRS 2022, The past, the present and the future, covers a range of topics relevant to practicing water engineers, students, academics, researchers, and industry specialist providers.

Examples of potential presentation topics are listed under each sub-theme below:


  • Event based
  • Long term continuous modelling
  • Monte Carlo
  • Data collection/gauging
  • Rare-extreme event analysis
  •  Climate change
  • Programming

Flood forecasting 

  • Machine learning in flood forecasting
  • Real-time flood forecasting and warning
  • Prediction in ungauged catchments
  • Management of uncertainty
  • Statutory response to flood forecasting

Floods - Risk assessment, planning and management  

  • Design flood estimation and risk assessment
  • Floodplain modelling and management
  • Regional flood studies
  • Prediction in ungauged catchments
  • Management of uncertainty
  • Flood risk management through land-use planning
  • Using paleo-hydrology to inform flood risk


  • Digital technology in low flow and drought studies
  • Quantifying long-term drought risk
  • Minimum flows to protect the environment
  • Water quality and drought
  • Technical advances in environmental flow assessment techniques
  • Environmental flow release trials and policy
  • Watershed assessment, monitoring and management
  • Water quality and health of aquatic systems
  • Fate and transport of pollutants
  • Evaluation of environmental flow programs
  • Fish and aquatic life passage at hydraulic structures

Instrumentation, hydroinformatics, smart data 

  • Hydrologic monitoring and data management
  • Advances in simulation modelling
  • Artificial neural networks, evolutionary methods and cellular automata
  • Applications of GPS, remote sensing, GIS digital terrain modelling in hydrology and water resources
  • Internet-based applications
  • Novel metrology for field measurements in rivers and hydraulic structures

Hydraulic structures 

  • Spillway design and operation
  • Urban hydraulics and structures
  • Water management for infrastructure: physical and numerical modelling of dams and weirs
  • CFD modelling
  • Linear infrastructure

Informing policy and operational decisions 

  • New digital technologies and methods for water conservation
  • Water conservation in the agricultural, industrial and municipal sectors
  • Land-use change impacts
  • Alternate water sources and Irrigation water management
  • Challenges in the use of alternative water sources
  • Sustainability issues, challenges, risks and uncertainties
  • Water governance, socio-economic framework and policy
  • Understanding and forecasting water use behaviour
  • Water stewardship, standards and accreditation
  • Multicriteria decision making and applications in water systems analysis
  • Decision support systems.

Integrated water resources management 

  • Sustainability and modelling technology
  • Water security-conflict management
  • Water trading
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Water supply and demand management
  • Bushfire response


  • Advances in groundwater modelling
  • Groundwater contamination and protection
  • Integrated coastal aquifer management
  • Water harvesting and groundwater recharge
  • Transport and fate of pollutants
  • Improving water quality – salinity/sodicity management

Urban water management 

  • Liveability - meeting the basic social, environmental and economic needs of people
  • Water sensitive urban design
  • Water and urban microclimate management
  • Urban hydrology and flash flooding

Responding to climate change 

  • Impacts of global and regional climate change and adaption
  • Projections of changes to rainfall intensity
  • Quantifying, modelling and managing changes to flood risk
  • Sea level rise and coastal processes

Industrial water management 

  • Modelling and managing river diversions
  • Water supply for mining and processing
  • Managing discharge of contaminated water
  • Pumps and pipelines
  • Flood risk management for dams and other infrastructure



Call for abstracts open

15 Mar 2022

Call for abstracts close

03 Jun 2022

Notification of abstract acceptance

17 Jun 2022

Early bird registrations open

15 Jul 2022

Paper submission deadline

22 Jul 2022

Early bird registrations close

31 Aug 2022

Standard registrations open

01 Sep 2022

Standard registrations close

22 Nov 2022

Late registrations open

23 Nov 2022

HWRS 2022 Day 1

30 Nov 2022

HWRS 2022 Day 2

02 Dec 2022

HWRS 2022 Day 3

03 Dec 2022