Connected Waters Initiative (CWI)

The Connected Waters Initiative is a multidisciplinary initiative between UNSW Faculties of Science, Law, Arts and Social Sciences and Engineering, supporting staff from the Schools of Civil & Environmental Engineering, School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, School of Biological Earth & Environmental Sciences, School of Law, School of Humanities and Languages and Environmental Humanities Program. 

We undertake world-leading research that advances knowledge of groundwater processes to create solutions which provide effective water supply management for communities, agriculture and mining in the Asian Pacific region and internationally while improving social equity and sustainable environmental outcomes. Our work focuses on novel fundamental and applied groundwater research, based on scientifically validated evidence, to provide the best advice to government, industry and the community.

With our partners, we continue to train the next generation of expert researchers and groundwater professionals. We hold a diverse portfolio of well-instrumented field sites and state-of-art laboratory and field equipment which attracts national and international research involvement. 

We support a range of groundwater research projects funded by the Australian Research Council, State Governments and the Cotton RDC, and was has a long history in groundwater research collaborations, including via the Australian Research Council and National Water Commission co-funded Centre for Excellence for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT). 

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Latest news

National Water Reform Inquiry Submission

National Water Reform Inquiry Submission

6 September 2020

On the 21 August 2020, CWI researchers made a submission to the National Water Reform Inquiry, identifying priority areas and making a number of recommendations as to how to achieve a sustainable groundwater future for Australia.

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Finding the hole in a Thailand bucket

Finding the hole in a Thailand bucket

3 September 2020

Results published from a research project between the Land Development Department (LDD) Thailand and UNSW has demonstrated how 2-dimensional mapping can be used to understand soil salinity adjacent to a earthen canal in north east Thailand (Khongnawang et al. 2020).

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Time-lapse soil imaging in irrigated cotton fields

Time-lapse soil imaging in irrigated cotton fields

28 August 2020

Results published from a Cotton RDC research project by UNSW has demonstrated how 2-dimensional time-lapse images can be used to map soil moisture status beneath an irrigated cotton growing field (Iverach et al 2017Zare et al 2020).

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Cotton RDC Reach Outcomes

Cotton RDC Reach Outcomes

12 August 2020

Recently published results from the Cotton RDC funded research by UNSW and ANSTO has advanced our knowledge about the importance and impact of groundwater discharge from the Great Artesian Basin into the lower Namoi alluvium (Iverach et al. 2017). The research has also demonstrated that methane has migrated from the underlying coal measures into the Namoi alluvium (Iverach et al. 2020).

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Floating though the dolines

Floating though the dolines

24 July 2020

Are you a fan of ABC's Conversations with Richard Fidler? Well, you might want to take a listen to this episode of the program with subterranean ecologist Stefan Eberhard.  

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