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National Centre for the Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT)

Project description

On 22 January 2009, Senators Penny Wong and Kim Carr announced $30M for the new National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. The Centre is expected to start up on June 1, 2009. It is a joint venture over 5 years involving some 20 organisations, including the ANU, UNSW, UQ, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, and the NSW and SA state governments, to be headed by Flinders University. The new knowledge generated through the NCGRT programs is intended to redress some unfortunate legacies of water resource management in Australia, namely the lack of integrated management of surface and groundwater systems and, consequently, the lack of sustainable groundwater practices that have characterised historical management. The Centre also aims to address the required training in groundwater research of Postdocs, PhDs and Honours students.

ANU leads Program 5 in the NCGRT on "Integrating Socioeconomics, Policy and Decision Support" with leading researchers from Charles Sturt University, University of South Australia and University of Western Australia. Chief Investigators are Tony Jakeman (Program Leader), Neil Gunningham, Barry Croke, Carmel Pollino and Jenifer Ticehurst (all ANU), Allan Curtis (UWA), Jennifer McKay (USA), Alex Gardner and Dave Pannell (UWA). Four research appointments have been made at ANU: Darren Sinclair, Wendy Merritt, Sondoss El Sawah and Jose-Luis Molina. Four PhD students have commenced their studies at ANU in the NCGRT. They are Emily Barbour, Rachel Blakers, Joseph Guillaume and Xiaoying Sun.

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Tony Jakeman, Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management Centre, Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University. E:


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