When: June 5, 12-2 p.m.
Where: PSU, Market Center Building, room 127 (1600 SW 4th Ave.)
The Commonwealth and all Australian state governments agreed in 2008 to implement a national hydrological modelling strategy, to provide a consistent platform for undertaking basin scale modelling in Australia. eWater Ltd’s main work is to develop this modelling platform, which now has the name ‘Source’. Source is designed to inform a wide range of water planning and management activities including assessing and evaluating the tradeoffs between social, economic and environmental use and re-use of water. One of the main participants in the model development and applications process is the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), the Australian Federal Agency that plans and operates the river Murray primarily for environmental flows on behalf of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder.
For more than 20 years, the MDBA has an agreement with the Mekong River Commission for technical and knowledge exchange, and in the 1990’s the New South Wales water sharing model IQQM was implemented as part of the MRC Toolbox for managing water. With the release of Source, the IKMP group in MRC are undertaking a pilot of Source to bring this modern platform into the process and lead towards a wider integration of water sharing and ultimately flood forecasting as MRC works towards BDP3.
The Seminar will introduce eWater and Source, and discuss the integration opportunities for researchers, with a discussion to explore potential areas of cooperation.