3-6 December 2018 | Melbourne, Australia


The HWRS 2018 Technical Committee have been busy working on a comprehensive program to engage and inform delegates. The program has a range of technical presentations, poster sessions, keynote presentations and social functions.

The Committee is very excited to announce the below presentations form part of the HWRS program. A detailed preliminary program is available now (as at 15 October 2018).


Adams, Mrs Kirsten
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Tasmanian Water Information Portal: connecting data to our community
Dowsley, Ms Kate
Supporting resilient communities in the Pilbara through irrigation opportunities
Dupen, Mr Peter
Building stakeholder capacity to scrutinise complex water proposals
Wright, Dr David Peter
Bureau of Meteorology
A case-study demonstration of the Australian Water Resource Assessment Community Modelling System
Balicki, Ms Monika
Water Modelling Solutions Pty Ltd
TUFLOW Classic and HPC Comparison using a Coupled 1D/2D Model of Toowoomba
Barton, A/Prof Andrew
Federation University Australia
Apportioning Allocations to Users of Multi-Storage Water Supply Systems: A case study of making a complex volume shared system more transparent.
Brauns, Ms Kerstin
Mandalay Resources
Managed Aquifer Recharge in a Fractured Rock Aquifer: A Case Study on a Mining Operations Water Management Strategy
Pearce, Mrs Leanne
Water Corporation
Making every drop count in regional WA – bitumen water supply catchments
Timms, Prof Wendy
UNSW Australia
Increasing productivity with less fresh water in mining and electricity generation in Australia
van der Sterren, Dr Marlene Agile modelling: current practice, fad or future?
Ali, Ms Sabrina
Western Sydney University, Australia
Applicability of Kriging to Regional Flood Estimation Problem in Victoria
Bahramian, Mrs Katayoon
University of Melbourne
An integrated framework for short-term probabilistic flood forecasting using an event-based approach considering the uncertainty associated with natural variability
Bennett, Mr James
Flood forecasting and the forecaster’s dilemma: testing a new ensemble flood forecasting system for Australia
Bianchi, Mr Isaac
McMurtrie Consulting Engineers
Investigation into the impacts of rating reduction of stormwater infrastructure as a result of transitioning from ARR 1987 to ARR 2016 in the Rockhampton Region
Bond, Mr Edward
Choosing the right defence – a tool for selecting the appropriate urban flood defence
Brakell, Mrs Karen
Time saving automation for ARR2016
Broit, Mr Adam
Supplementing Flood Frequency Analysis with Pre-record Paleofloods
Broit, Mr Adam
Burdekin Falls Dam Catchment Comprehensive Flood Hydrology Study
Chapman, Mr Andrew
Kellogg Brown & Root
Improved information for future decision making
Coppolina, Mrs Mary-ann
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Flood Studies for Remote Indigenous Communities in the Kimberley region of Western Australia
Cox, Mr David
Large Basins or Small Dams? – Reducing Flood Risk to Communities Through Design and Construction
Craig, Mr Tim
The Impact of locally-derived Space-Time patterns on the development of Design Floods for Large Catchments
Frisby, Miss Sheyanne
Efficient Flood Estimation using ARR 2016 Temporal Patterns in South East Queensland
Gray, Mr Ryan
A comparative look at design flood estimation between the 2016 ARR and the current South African standards
Green, Ms Janice
Bureau of Meteorology
Comparing the new design rainfalls to at-site rainfall frequency curves
Grimaldi, Dr Stefania
Monash University
Improving flood forecast skill using remote sensing data
Hettiarachchi, Mr Suresh
Climate change impacts on flood risk mitigation in urban/developed catchments
Hossain, Mr Anwar
Future Prospect
Flood frequency analysis under changing climate: A cast study for Brisbane River catchment
Islam, Mrs Farhana
Swinburne University of Technology
Seasonal Rainfall Forecast Model for Western Australia using ARMAx Method
Johnston, Mr Clayton
Jacobs Australia Pty Ltd
Flood Risk Assessment of Temporary Works for Infrastructure Projects
Karim, Dr Fazlul
Robust flood inundation modelling using flexible mesh hydrodynamic model and remote sensing
Kemp, Dr David
University of South Australia
The Frederick Street catchment in Adelaide – a review of the 1960s rational method design and change in drainage standard due to infill development
Kemp, Dr David
University of South Australia
An Investigation into the Efficacy of Australian Rainfall & Runoff 2016 Procedures in the Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia
Klein, Mr Nicholas
Verifying small scale floods with remote-sensing data
Ko, Mr Jason
Arcadis Australia Pacific
Performance of urban On-Site Detention systems using the ARR2016 design rainfall inputs
Lang, Mr Simon
Characterising the location and rarity of annual maxima rainfall in the GTSM-R coastal zone
Le, Mr Phuong
The University of Adelaide
Joint probability and conditional probability of flood
Marginson, Mr Sam
ARR has changed.  What about my Cost-Benefit Analysis?
McMahon, Mr Greg
G M McMahon Consultants
Identifying the Existence of any Periodicity in Flooding
McMahon, Mr Greg
G M McMahon Consultants
reForecast Based Operations I – A Comparison with Rain-on-Ground based Operational Rationale
O’Brien, Mr Evan
CDM Smith
Making it Rain with Shiny
O’Shea, Mr Declan
Hydrology and Risk Consulting
Another step in the difficult journey to regionalise a probability-based loss model
Pan, Mr Xiao
Western Sydney University
Comparison of results for flood frequency analysis using Annual Maximum Series and Peaks-over-threshold methods
Phillips, Dr Brett
Cardno (NSW/ACT) Pty Ltd
Benchmarking Hydrological and Hydraulic Models in a Gauged Urban Catchment in the ACT
Podger, Mr Scott
Utilising Large Scale Datasets for Flood Frequency Estimation with Australian Rainfall and Runoff methods
Podger, Mr Scott
The Need for and Derivation of Revised Intensity Frequency Duration Curves for the Illawarra Basin
Podger, Mr Scott
Determination of Pre-burst Rainfalls for Australian Rainfall and Runoff
Pomeroy, Ms Lisa
Flood Impact Assessment for Major Infrastructure Projects
Price, Mr Krey
Surface Water Solutions
Impacts of computational mesh and terrain resolution on flood mapping and community flood planning
Retallick, Ms Monique
WMA Water
Ensemble assessment and gridded surface response
Retallick, Ms Monique
WMA Water
Defining acceptable impacts
Scorah, Mr Matthew
Benchmarking the selection of AEP neutral hydrologic design floods for use in 2D hydraulic models
Sercombe, Mr Joel
Preburst Impacts on Peak Flows and Volumes
Shaadman, Mr Saif
Downer Group
Evaluation of TanDEM-X and DEM-H digital elevation models over the Condamine-Balonne catchment (Australia)
Sharma, Professor Ashish
University of New South Wales
On systematic biases in hydrologic simulations for a future climate – correction in the spectral domain
Shrestha, Dr Durga
CSIRO Land and Water
Evaluation of a post-processing method for high-resolution gridded rainfall forecasts
Stephens, Miss Clare
How can we assess flood model performance under climate change?
Stephens, Mr David
HAR Consulting
Review of recent enhancements to RORB: a tool for promoting application of ARR 2016
Suter, Mr Stephan
DHI Water and Environment Pty Ltd
Modelling to support flood resilience in a rapidly developing environment in WA
Thomson, Mr Rhys
Developing an Urban Regional Flood Frequency Estimation Procedure for Australia
van der Ent , Dr Ruud
Delft University of Technology / UNSW
Moisture sources of floods and pre-extreme conditions
Wang, Prof Q J
The University of Melbourne
Artificial Neural Networks as surrogate models for flood inundation modelling
Watt, Miss Samantha
A quick method for estimating the Probable Maximum Flood in the Coastal GTSMR Zone
Wu, Dr Wenyan
University of Melbourne
Censored continuous simulation for compound flood estimation in estuarine regions
Braithwaite, Mrs Helen
Department for Water and Environment
Securing low flows – a trial project to install low flow devices on existing farm dams
Cetin, Dr Lydia
Modelling microbial source pathways at the catchment scale
Chan, Dr Terry
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Detection of changes in waterway health due to flow
Guo, Dr Danlu
Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne
Integrated modelling of spatio-temporal variability in stream water quality across Victorian catchments
Hall, Mr Joel
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
From hydrodynamic modelling to operational decision making: managing bar openings at Toby Inlet to improve water quality
Hall, Mr Joel
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Evaluating the effect of farm management on nutrient inflows to receiving water bodies in WA using paddock and catchment models
John, Mr Andrew
University of Melbourne
Shifting goal posts: exploring non-stationarity of climate inputs and sequences on environmental water outcomes
Li, Miss Congying
The University of Melbourne
Can urban stream flow regime be restored by stormwater control measures?
Liu, Mr Shuci
The University of Melbourne
Modelling the impacts of catchment characteristics on spatial variability in water quality in the Great Barrier Reef catchments
Makarewicz, Miss Alicja
University of Adelaide
Hillslope runoff generation with low-cost instream sensors
Parker, Mr David
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Identifying Threat to Waterway Health Through Changes in the Flow Regime
Shrestha, Dr Manoj
Calibration of a catchment-scale water quality model using PEST
Szemis, Dr Joanna
Comparing different methods to assess long term climate change implications on environmental flow compliance and shortfalls in the Yarra River
Kirwan, Ann
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Protecting the Yarra River
Sinclair, Mr Brett
Integrating Groundwater Replenishment into Catchment-Scale Water Management Solutions (New Zealand)
Taylor, Ms Kat
Australian National University
More than ‘Indigenous values’:  Yawuru and Nyikina-Mangala water governance case studies
Ashcroft, Dr Linden
Bureau Of Meteorology
Climate influences behind Victoria’s changing rainfall
Austin, Ms Kate
Hydrology and Risk Consulting
Application of WaterGuide – a framework for improved water resource management in Jordan
Ballinger, Dr Andrea
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Declines in Water Availability across Victoria
Ballis, Ms Natasha
University of Melbourne
Making sense of palaeoclimate reconstructions for Australian water resources assessments: A review
Bretreger, Mr David
The University of Newcastle
Monitoring Irrigation Volumes using Climate Data and Remote Sensing Observations
Coombes, Dr Peter
Urban Water Cycle Solutions
Bottom up systems analysis of urban water resources and market mechanisms for pricing water and environmental management
Cordery, Dr Ian
University of NSW
Climate change effects on South-East Australian water resources
Costa Barbosa, Dr Marina
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Exploring stakeholder interactions and levels of involvement in water resources management
DiGregorio, Mr Ben
Bureau of Meteorology
3D PDF to support community understanding of water plans in the Daly, Northern Territory
Donnelly, Dr Chantal
Bureau of Meteorology
A national hydrological projection service – Australia’s water balance in the future
Eden, Ms Jennifer
Bruce Highway Link Flood Study
Fagan, Dr Jill
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Lessons learnt in developing the pilot Victorian Water Sector Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan
Fowler, Mr Keirnan
The University of Melbourne
River catchments have long ‘memories’: implications for climate change impact studies
Fowler, Mr Keirnan
The University of Melbourne
Towards improved groundwater processes in AWRA-L
Frost, Mr Andrew
Bureau of Meteorology
The Australian Landscape Water Balance Model – AWRA-L: improved performance, regional calibration and local case study
Gent, Ms Marty
Victorian Water and Climate Initiative: research to application
Godoy, Dr Walter
Testing the robustness of optimal operating plans under various future hydro-climatic scenarios
Green, Ms Janice
Bureau of Meteorology
Water Markets – Information is Power
Henley, Dr Benjamin
University of Melbourne / Monash University
Severe drought in Victoria: Assessing the palaeoclimate baseline and water supply drought risk at the 1.5°C and 2.0°C Paris targets
Herron, Mr Andrew
Eco Logical Australia
Which way did the water go? Floodplain decisions for environmental benefits.
Imteaz, A/Prof Monzur
Swinburne University of Technology
A computer tool for designing Onsite Detention (OSD) based on new Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR)
Jackson, Mr Brian
Water Technology Pty Ltd – Notting Hill, VIC
Easily Accessing Real Time Calibrated Radar Rainfall Data for Improved Operational Water Management
Johnson, Dr Fiona
Wavelet-based downscaling for drought assessment
Jordan, Dr Phillip
Hydrology and Risk Consulting
Trends in farm dam development over time in Victoria, 2000-2015
Khatami, Mr Sina
University of Melbourne
Connecting the dots between data/model complexity, model performance, and model internal dynamics
Ladson, Dr Anthony
Moroka Pty Ltd
Visualising Hydrologic Data
Lerat, Dr Julien
Bureau of Meteorology
Post-processing of monthly seasonal streamflow forecasts
Lovell, Mr Todd
Bureau of Meteorology
Water Data Online
Meempatta, Mrs Lubna
University of Melbourne
Understanding the decision-making behaviour of water supply authorities in an irrigation management system
Miller, Dr Brett
The Victorian water register – next generation
Nahar, Dr Jannatun
Bureau of Meteorology
Rainfall and streamflow pattern change in Australia: investigating similarity and differences in east and west coast
O’Brien, Mr Evan
CDM Smith
Understanding Coincident Flood Risk in Levee Operations
Peterson, Dr Tim
The University of Melbourne
Victoria’s water table over 30 years: Data-driven hydrological insights into catchment dynamics
Peterson, Dr Tim
The University of Melbourne
Catchment Drought Response and Recover: Empirical estimates of hydrological resilience throughout Victoria
Pillai, Ms Meg
Tapping the Grid: Maximising the Potential of the Water Grid 2018
Price, Mr Krey
Surface Water Solutions
Event-based versus duration-based assessment for long-term modelling of mining impacts
Quaine, Mr Patrick
Grampian Wimmera Mallee Water
Extended Drought Modelling Scenarios using Data from Millennium Drought
Rastogi, Mr Sid
Federation University
Understanding deep aquifer responses to interseam materials of brown coal mines
Rauniyar, Dr Surendra
Bureau of Meteorology
Assessing baselines for seasonal rainfall with relevance to decision-making
Saft, Dr Margarita
The University of Melbourne
Towards understanding long-term catchment memory
Savadamuthu, Mr Kumar
Department for Environment and Water
Hydrological modelling: a key decision-making tool in implementing low flow release programs
Shams, Dr Rezina
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Reporting on groundwater condition for decision making
Shin, Dr Daehyok
Bureau of Meteorology
Diagnostic assessment of the multi-month streamflow forecasts of the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
Sleeth, Ms Hannah
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Victorian Monitoring Partnerships: Water data through collaboration
Peterson, Dr Tim
University of Melbourne
The Millennium Droughts effect on catchment water balance and its components in Victoria, Australia
Szabo, Ms Katherine
Hydrology and Risk Consulting
Construction of a Rainfall-Runoff Model in Liberia, Africa
Tan, Dr Kim Seong (KS)
Melbourne Water
Changes in Annual Rainfall-Runoff Responses in Melbourne’s Major Water Supply Catchments
Tate, Ben
Water Technology
Surface Water Management and Forecasting for the Douglas Mine in Western Victoria
Verdon-Kidd, Dr Danielle
University of Newcastle
The potential for tree ring hydrologic reconstructions in Australia – what does the future hold?
Vogel, Ms Elisabeth
Bureau of Meteorology and University of Melbourne
Seasonal predictions of soil moisture and evapotranspiration for the Sydney region using the AWRA landscape water balance model
Western, Prof Andrew
The University of Melbourne
The value of water in storage: implications for operational policies
Westra, A/Prof Seth
University of Adelaide
foreSIGHT – an R tool for climate resilience assessments of water resource systems
White, Ms Emma
The University of Melbourne
Do groundwater management plans work? Quantifying the effectiveness of groundwater management
Wilson, Mr Paul
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Making it real – the delivery of real time water data in Victoria
Adyel, Dr Tanveer
Monash University
Multi-functional constructed wetland for improving downstream waterway in Western Australia: A long-term monitoring outcomes
Akhter, Mrs Farjana
University of South Australia
Selection of appropriate infiltration systems for stormwater quality control in South Australia (SA)
Alam, Dr Muhammad
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
The Greater Bunbury Groundwater and Surface Water Interactions Model as a decision support tool for water management, south-west Western Australia
Binesh, Mr Ali
University of Newcastle
Multi-variable hydrological simulation in a semi-arid catchment towards effective water resources management
Biswas, Dr Falguni
Bureau of Meteorology
Assessment of surface water and groundwater interaction during drought and non-drought periods in eastern Australian catchments
Charles, Dr Steve
Effect of bias correction of downscaled rainfall on runoff projections
Corbett, Mr Dennis
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
A New Approach to Integrated Water Management in Victoria, Australia – Achieving Greater Results Through Collaboration and Partnerships
Ebbs, Mr David
Federation University Australia
Impact of urbanisation on groundwater and the downstream river: A Ballarat case study
Esha, Mrs Rijwana Ishat
Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
Assessing Gene Expression Programming as a technique for seasonal streamflow prediction : A case study of NSW
Flower, Dr David
Melbourne Water
Challenges and opportunities in developing and implementing the Melbourne Water System Strategy
Haque, Mahmudul
Water NSW
Strategic water resource assessment under climatic uncertainty
Hendy, Ms Emma
Waterproofing the East – Council Collaboration to provide improved water security and Integrated Water Management (IWM) in Eastern Adelaide
Kabir, Dr Aynul
Bureau of Meteorology
Evaluation of multi-model rainfall forecasts for the national 7-day ensemble streamflow forecasting service
Karki, Miss Seema
University of Melbourne
Comparing river-network topology delivering provisioning and regulating ecosystem services
Khan, Dr Urooj
Bureau of Meteorology
Short-range streamflow forecasts for the Great Barrier Reef using semi-distributed and distributed hydrological models
Lal, Mr Alvin
James Cook University
Optimal management of coastal aquifers utilizing Gaussian Process Regression metamodel based couple simulation-optimization methodology
Lam, Dr Eric
Effect of climate change on the WSUD performance
Maheswaran, Mr Selvaratnam
Climate change impact assessment for WaterNSW infrastructure strategy
Moniruzzaman, Mr Muhammad
Swinburne University
Future perspective of rainwater harvesting: A case study for Sydney
Nandakumar, Dr Nanda
Investigation of the Use of Australian Water Availability Project Climate Data for the Development of eWater Source Models for Water Planning in NSW
Pipunic, Dr Robert
Bureau of Meteorology
Engaging with stakeholders to explore the value of streamflow forecasts for decision making
Potter, Dr Nick
CSIRO Land and Water
Bias in downscaled rainfall characteristics relative to climate-change signal
Pour Akbarkhiavi, Mr Savalan
Swinburne University of Technology
Prediction of number of pipe bursts in water distribution systems by using a pressure index
Rashetnia, Mrs Samira
Victoria University
Limitations and constraints for the Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) approaches implementation in existing urbanised catchments
Shukla, Miss Chitra
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Measurement and modelling of throughfall for six different fruit stands
Simmons, Mr Alex
Water Technology
Assessing the Impact of Climate and Catchment Changes in Wimmera Wetlands
Wang, Mr Kyle
International Water Centre
Use of Water Data for Integrated Water Management Strategic Planning
Yang, A/Prof Shu-Qing
A preliminary study on coastal reservoirs for Melbourne Water supply: sufficient, high-quality and affordable water from the sea without desalination
Yeo, Dr In-Young
The University of Newcastle
Towards sub-catchment scale soil moisture prediction: a combined remote sensing and land surface modelling approach
Zheng, Dr Hongxing
Rainfall-runoff modelling to predict streamflow characteristics in ungauged catchments and under climate change
Cheng, Mr Xiang
Agriculture Victoria Research Division
Investigating impacts of groundwater abstractions using a nonlinear transfer function time-series model in the northern Victoria
Coff, Ms Brittany
An evidence-based management decision framework for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of environmental watering of Black Box eucalypts using a vulnerability, confidence and multiple-scale approach
Dissanayake, Ms Chandi Shakila Mimrose
RMIT University
Exploring the Relationship between Meteorological and Hydrological Drought Characteristics using Drought Indices
Fuller, Mr James
The University of Adelaide
Return Flows: Review and a Need for Understanding
George, Biju
Bureau of Meteorology
Understanding water sustainability in Australia
Green, Ms Janice
Bureau of Meteorology
Applying water accounting to industry and utilities: the potential benefits
Kibria, Golam
Investigations on Irrigation Diversions using eWater Source Models and RADARSAT2 Satellite Imagery in Upper Richmond River
Lowe, Dr Lisa
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Impacts of Large Scale Changes in Land Use on Water Availability across Victoria
Lucas, Mr Nicholas
PwC Australia
Effects of Heightened Price Awareness on Urban Water Consumption
Raut, Dr Ashok
Tenterfield Creek Rainfall Runoff Simulation
Wang, Prof Q J
The University of Melbourne
Projection of irrigation water demand in Lower Murray Water service areas