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Opinion: Coal seam gas - filling the knowledge gap

Opinion: Coal seam gas - filling the knowledge gap

There are many good reasons why the general public, and in particular farmers, are concerned about coal seam gas (CSG) extraction. There are major gaps in our knowledge about the future impacts of CSG production in Australia.

Global water availability to 2050

Global water availability to 2050

By 2050 water forecasters are expecting global water shortages or a 'gap' between the supply and demand for water, driven, in a macro sense, by the increase in population.

Walking on Water

Walking on Water

This paper explores some of the major aquifers around the world and determines how countries are coping with increased water usage.

Water: what is the future for Australia?

Water: what is the future for Australia?

Ultimately, Australia's water services will need to be driven by clear economic signals which have likely been derived from established competitive supply systems based on equitably achieved ownership of water entitlements secured from scientifically sound water resource plans. Any social needs for water should be separately funded.

A Canadian scientist looks far into the future

A Canadian scientist looks far into the future

A lot can happen in ten thousand years. Predicting what will happen over this time frame - and building to withstand anything from earthquakes and floods to beaver infestations - is a challenge uranium mining operators must overcome.

Urban Water Recycling: National Water Commission position

Urban Water Recycling: National Water Commission position

The National Water Commission considers that water recycling - including for drinking purposes - can provide a significantly greater proportion of Australia's future urban water supplies. Greater recycling offers the prospect of more secure, less climate-vulnerable water supplies. There is unrealised potential also for environmental and urban amenity benefits.

The ups and downs of groundwater in the Murray-Darling Basin

The ups and downs of groundwater in the Murray-Darling Basin

The Murray-Darling Basin plan has begun to co-ordinate groundwater storage calculations for sustainable diversion limits (SDLs). This is a complex process across 78 distinct groundwater areas in the Basin. Only 10% of current water use in the Basin is from groundwater, although the 1700 GL per year on average that is sourced from groundwater is a strategic store for dry periods. Yet groundwater is an important part of the river and wetland system.

Forgotten groundwater research

Forgotten groundwater research

A project financed by the current WRL project staff has digitised all the vintage WRL Research Reports and to made them available through the UNSW Library.

3d geological modelling and carbon storage potential of the Sydney Basin

3d geological modelling and carbon storage potential of the Sydney Basin

The Sydney Basin contains Australia's largest concentration of stationary carbon dioxide emission sources, including power generation, oil refining and other industrial activities. For these emissions to be stored geologically capacity must be found within the geological sequence of the Basin, or adjacent basins.

Development of a 3D Geological Mapping and Database Interface to Support Interconnected Groundwater and Surface Water Management

Development of a 3D Geological Mapping and Database Interface to Support Interconnected Groundwater and Surface Water Management

This project has demonstrated that incorporating groundwater chemistry into hydrogeological investigations is essential and stresses the need for continuous and rigorous monitoring of water chemistry, because it provides information about how changes in water management will affect both surface water and groundwater quality in the long term.

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