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

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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New questions over Shenhua water modelling

New questions over Shenhua water modelling

24 July 2020

Take a listen to ABC Radio National Breakfast's segment on the controversial $1.5 billion Shenhua thermal coal mine on the New South Wales Liverpool Plains. Research undertaken by UNSW's leading groundwater expert Professor Ian Acworth indicates that the company's water modelling is flawed.

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Ban on toxic mercury looms in sugar cane farming, but Australia still has a way to go

Ban on toxic mercury looms in sugar cane farming, but Australia still has a way to go

18 July 2020

CWI's Professors Cameron Holley and Darren Sinclair and Australian National University's Professor Simon Haberle and Larissa Schneider recently contributed to The Conversation, discussing federal authorities announcement of "an upcoming ban on mercury-containing pesticide in Australia", highlighting Australia is "one of the last countries in the world to do so, despite overwhelming evidence over more than 60 years that mercury use as fungicide in agriculture is dangerous." 

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Ancient water to drain from farmland without ongoing joint management

Ancient water to drain from farmland without ongoing joint management

1 July 2020

The management of withdrawals of ground water in the Central West remains an area of hotly-contested debate. Associate Professor of Hydrogeology Bryce Kelly has spent over a decade studying groundwater in the Central West, and has credited groundwater with “saving rural communities from collapse”, but its potential for future drought-proofing depends on how successfully it’s managed. He says current withdrawals “will only be sustainable if the Narromine region gets flooded frequently enough to balance the volume of groundwater extracted."

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GWI Global Water Matters Podcast

21 June 2020

The UNSW-GWI Global Water Matters Podcast was launched in 2020 to share interesting and important water-related developments and insights from global experts across the broad spectrum of water-related disciplines. Born from the demand to continue the Water Issues Commentary seminar series under the constraints of social distancing, new episodes are released monthly.

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