Themes and Sub Themes

The theme for HWRS 2020, Water Vision, covers a range of topics relevant to practicing Water engineers, students, academics, researchers and industry specialist providers.

Theme: Flood, low flow and drought (Risk assessment and forecasting)


  • Design flood estimation and risk assessment
  • Floodplain modelling and management 
  • Urban hydrology and flash flooding
  • Real-time flood forecasting and warning
  • Regional flood and low-flow studies and ungauged catchment predictions 
  • Drought forecasting and mapping
  • Management of uncertainty

Theme: Hydroinformatics, Smart data and physically based modelling

Sub themes:

  • Hydrologic monitoring and data management
  • Advances in physically based 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

Theme: Healthy environments

Sub themes:

  • 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, modelling 
  • Water sensitive urban design

Theme: Informing policy & operational decisions  

Sub themes:

  • Impacts of global and regional climate change and adaption 
  • Water conservation in the agricultural, industrial and municipal sectors
  • Land use change impacts
  • New technologies and methods for water conservation
  • 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
  • Valuing water
  • Understanding and forecasting water use behaviour

Theme: Integrated water resources management  

Sub themes:

  • Bushfire response
  • Water quality and drought
  • Water security-conflict management
  • Water trading
  • Murray Darling Basin
  • Multicriteria decision making and applications in water systems analysis
  • Sustainability and modelling technology (Decision Support Systems)
  • Water supply and demand management
  • Water sensitive urban design
  • Liveability - meeting the basic social, environmental and economic needs of people.

Theme: Groundwater

Sub themes:

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