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ANU Water expertise

Researchers and educators at the ANU have established strengths across a broad spectrum of water-related issues, from global change, public health, policy analysis, environmental law, environmental economics, indigenous and gender issues, through to hydrology, geochemistry and membrane technology which are applied over a wide range of temporal and spatial scales.

Water-related education and research is currently carried out across the campus in a range of disciplines and academic areas. The work conducted and expertise within these areas is summarised below.

 

Academic area
Water-related work and expertise
Crawford School of Economics and Government
  • Economics & decision making
  • Water policy & regulation
  • Water pricing, markets & sales
  • Ground water access & management
  • Water supply & allocation
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
  • Regional profiling of demographic & socioeconomic characteristics of Indigenous people, including basin & catchment level profiling
  • Investigating Indigenous peoples' economic, social & cultural interests in water

Faculty of Arts

  • Creating contemporary music & visual aesthetic material addressing water
  • Critical re-enforcement of cultural foundations for addressing water challenges
Faculty of Science
  • Integrated water management
  • Water policy & regulation
  • Water quality
  • Sedimentation & salinity
  • Hydrology
  • Ground water & surface water
  • Decision support systems
  • Water trading
  • Institutional analysis
  • Indigenous water knowledge & cultural flows
  • Indigenous water governance, policy, ethics, & philosophy
  • Cultural values & water
  • History of water institutions & federalism
  • Policy & institutional analysis
  • Remote sensing
  • Aqueous geochemistry
  • Groundwater flow & hydrogeochemistry
  • Geomicrobiology/biogeochemistry
  • Groundwater ecology
  • Water-soil, -sediment & -rock interaction
  • Regolith geoscience
  • Salinity, alkalinity & acid sulphate environments
  • Acid & heavy metal contamination
  • Environmental impact of mining & other human activity

Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management (iCAM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Integrated water resource management
  • Integrated modelling & uncertainty assessment
  • River, groundwater & catchment management
  • Water related decision making & decision support systems
  • Hydro-economic modelling
  • Regional economic impacts
  • Urban water management
  • Hydrology (surface & subsurface & their interactions)
  • Water quality inc sediment, nutrients & pathogens
  • Water allocation processes
  • Hydro-ecological modelling
  • Water-related networks
  • Software engineering
Law Faculty
  • Federalism & water regulation
  • History of water use, law & policy
  • Human rights & water
  • Indigenous rights & interests in water (onshore & offshore)
  • Property rights in water
  • Regulatory design for scientific uncertainty (precaution)
  • The law of international watercourses
  • Water policy & regulation
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH)
  • Public health & water-borne diseases
  • Water & development
  • Cross-disciplinary integration for policy & practice
Research School of the Humanities
  • International water policy
Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES)
  • Geomorphology
  • Geochronology
  • Trace element & isotope analysis
  • Fluid dynamics
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS)
  • Gender & water
  • Water & development
  • Water & communities
  • Social, economic & cultural aspects of water resource management
  • Water & environmental history
  • Water resource politics
  • Quality of water & spread of water-borne diseases
  • Water pricing issues
  • Attainment of water related MDG in Asia Pacific Region
  • Planning for the water needs of Asian mega-cities

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