Groundwater Research & Training - December 2015
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On behalf of the team at the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training I would like to thank everyone for your support in 2015. I wish you a very Merry Christmas & a happy and safe New Year.

Best wishes,
Craig Simmons


Farewell Dr. Vincent Post

Sadly, the Australian groundwater community will miss Dr Vincent Post, Flinders University researcher and senior lecturer. Vincent is taking up a great opportunity at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Germany.

We wish Vincent all the very best and hope to catch up with him at the 24th Salt Water Intrusion Meeting and the 4th Asia-Pacific Coastal Aquifer Management Meeting (SWIM) in Cairns, Queensland, between 4-8 July 2016


View the Aquanty webinar:

Introduction to Integrated Hydrologic Modelling with HGS

Presented by: Dr. Ed Sudicky & Dr. Steven Frey (Aquanty)

HydroGeoSphere (HGS) is a three-dimensional control-volume finite element simulator which is designed to simulate the entire terrestrial portion of the hydrologic cycle. It uses a globally-implicit approach to simultaneously solve the 2D diffusive-wave equation and the 3D form of Richards’ equation.


Register for the February 18 webinar provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Webinar time: 11.30am: Australian Eastern Standard Time 12.00pm: Adelaide / Darwin Time

Using the Bureau's Groundwater Information Suite

This webinar will show how to access, use, search, and download groundwater data from the Bureau of Meteorology's Groundwater Information Suite. It will particularly focus on the Australian Groundwater Explorer and newly launched Australian Groundwater Insight.

Australian Groundwater Explorer is a sophisticated mapping portal for visualising and downloading groundwater data from over 800 000 bore locations. It includes standardised data tables and visualisations of bores and bore logs along with water level and salinity data.

Eloise Nation – Senior hydrogeologist and project lead on Groundwater Explorer, National Groundwater Information System and GDE Atlas.
John Sharples – Hydrogeologist leading data management and Groundwater Insight


Understanding water transit times in headwater streams using tritium: a unique southern hemisphere opportunity

Authored by Ian Cartwright (Monash University)

Documenting the timescales over which rainfall is transmitted through catchments to streams (the transit time) is critical for understanding catchment hydrology and for the protection and management of river systems. However, despite its importance, transit times remain poorly understood in many catchments.


Late Cenozoic paleovalley fill sequence from the Southern Liverpool Plains, NSW

Author affiliation:Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre (CWI), School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW

The Liverpool Plains in northern New South Wales contain some of the best agricultural land in Australia and are underlain by extensive smectite clay-dominated soils sourced from weathering the alkali basalts of the Liverpool Ranges. It had been thought that a relatively simple geological model explained the underlying Cenozoic sequence with salt-rich clays of the Narrabri Formation overlying sands and gravel aquifers comprising the Gunnedah Formation.


AGC 2015 Career Scientist presentation winners!


Ryan Morris - CS Oral presentation award

Ryan Morris from Origin Energy won the best oral presentation for The Reedy Creek Aquifer Injection Scheme – Design & Operation at the 2015 Australian Groundwater Conference (presentation PDF is below). 

In the new year, Ryan will deliver this presentation again as a webinar.

Ryan was a consultant for ten years, where his technical interests included water supply, deep bores and mine water management. He accepted an industry position with Origin Energy after working on the groundwater aspects of Australia Pacific LNG project EIS.


 Megan Hancock - CS Poster presentation award

Megan Hancock from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) won the best poster presentation for Characterising ephemeral river recharge in arid Australia at the 2015 Australian Groundwater Conference (Poster PDF is below). 

Megan Hancock is a hydrogeologist with DEWNR (Government of SA), and is working towards a MSc with Flinders University. After completing a BASc in Lismore, Megan spent seven years as an environmental manager in construction, mining and farming around Queensland. Megan’s future aspirations include working in Antarctica, scuba diving to survey wonky holes, and perhaps one day understanding string theory.