Groundwater Research & Training - September 2016

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Australian Groundwater School, Sustainable Minerals Institute, UQ

7-10 November 2016

Includes groundwater text book, course notes, tutorials & case studies. Networking drinks on day 2!

IAH, AWA, WIA, SCPA member discount 10%. Enter promo code "Association". 20% discount for groups and students. Contact us details.

Australian Groundwater School - Brisbane

The Australian Groundwater School is vital for Australian professionals working with groundwater. Our flagship course, and the premier course of its type in Australasia, the Australian Groundwater School provides participants with a broad but rigorous introduction to groundwater. Introducing hydrogeology, assessment methods, modelling, managed aquifer recharge, management, governance and more, the course truly encompasses the fundamentals of groundwater.

Scientific, policy and management personnel who want to gain a solid grounding in groundwater should strongly consider attending this course.

Our presenters include: Dr. Lucy Reading QUT; Simon Toze CSIRO; Matthias Raiber CSIRO; Ryan Morris Origin Energy; Steve Flook Department of Natural Resources & Mines; Dr. Michael Teubner Michael D Teubner Consulting; Daniel Barclay Australasian Groundwater & Environ. Consultants and more.

PhD Graduate Profile:
Dr Salini Sasidharan

Salini Sasidharan is a recent PhD graduate from the Flinders University of South Australia and CSIRO Land and Water. After being accepted into the University’s PhD program through 2012 NCGRT PhD international scholarship Recruitment Round, Salini joined the Groundwater Contamination & Remediation Technologies Team at CSIRO Land and Water, and Surface water-Groundwater interaction (Program 3) at NCGRT. Her PhD thesis titled Fate, Transport, and Retention of Viruses, Bacteria, and Nanoparticles in Saturated Porous Media. She was supervised by Prof Peter Cook (Flinders Uni/NCGRT), Dr Saeed Torkzaban (CSIRO Land and Water), Dr Vadakattu V.S.R Gupta (CSIRO Agriculture), and Prof Howard Fallowfield (Flinders Uni).

PhD Graduate Profile:
Joshua F. Dean

I started a postdoc at the University of Stirling in Scotland in May 2014, and started work immediately on projects looking at the role of inland aquatic systems in terrestrial carbon cycling. This primarily involved radiocarbon dating of organic carbon in streams, pools and lakes in Scottish peatlands and in the Canadian Arctic. I also spent a month working in the UK’s National Environment Research Council’s Radiocarbon Lab working on method development for collecting challenging samples in remote field locations.

Photo: Josh Dean pictured with Prof. Trofim Maximov (left) and the Environment Minister for the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic (second from left).


Feel like going on a groundwater trail in a beautiful wine region?

Besides being known for picturesque views, great food and wine, Willunga also is home to the NCGRT's "Willunga Basin Water Trail". Launched in 2014, NCGRT had collaborated with local partners across the Willunga Basin to create a trail of six signs relating to features of the local groundwater system.

Environmental Tracers in Groundwater Hydrology

24-26 October 2016
Perth, WA

21-23 November 2016
Darwin, NT

IAH, AWA, WIA, SCPA member discount 10%. 20% discount for groups and students. Contact us for further details.

Course leaders:
Dr. Glenn Harrington
Hydrogeologist, Innovative Groundwater Solutions, and Dr Andrew Herczeg,
Geochemical Solutions

Environmental Tracers in Groundwater Hydrology - Perth & Darwin

Tired of attending courses crammed full of theory, only to return to your daily work and struggle to remember what you learnt or how to apply it?

This course will help you use sampling methodologies to acquire reliable data, as well as how to interpret and model analytical results. The knowledge will lead to you making meaningful improvements in your understanding of hydrogeological processes and conceptual groundwater models. The course will review the basic principles of environmental chemistry and tracer hydrology, and is aimed primarily at hydrogeologists and environmental scientists in the public and private sectors

2017 Groundwater Training Program

We are currently planning the 2017 calendar of groundwater training. If there is a course you would like us to offer, please do not hesitate to email us with your suggestions.


Introduction to Aquifer Pump Test Analysis - Brisbane

28-29 November 2016

AU $1,025.00

IAH, AWA, WIA, SCPA member discount 10%. Enter promo code "Association". 20% discount for groups and students. Contact us details.

Presented by Mike Dudding, mdGroundwater and Paul Howe, CDM Smith. Read bio.

Introduction to Aquifer Pump Test Analysis 2016 - Brisbane

An introduction to the essential basics of conducting an aquifer test and analysing the testing data.

This course focuses on the practical application of pumping test theory to developing knowledge of groundwater systems:

  1. Introduction pumping test fundamentals, types of aquifer tests, parameters, aquifer conceptual models,
  2. The pumping test: design, undertaking, data preparation and management
  3. Analysis: identify conceptual model, pracs, case studies

NCGRT / IAH Distinguished Lecture Series 2016

Melbourne: 18 October
Hobart: 20 October
Perth: 26 October
Brisbane: 3 November
Canberra: 10 November
Sydney: 10 November
Adelaide: 30 November
Darwin: 1 December

Dr. Rebecca Nelson is the 2016 NCGRT / IAH Distinguished Lecturer

We are pleased to have Dr. Rebecca Nelson as the 2016 NCGRT / IAH Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Nelson will tour every state and territory in Australia to deliver her lecture entitled: Regulating the cumulative impacts of groundwater withdrawals: Australia and further afield.

Abstract: The regulation of groundwater extraction has shifted dramatically through an intense era of intense water reforms spanning three decades. A key outstanding issue is controlling withdrawals with an eye to their cumulative impacts on groundwater resources and dependent systems. Such control is complicated not just by the incremental additive effects of many small withdrawals, but also by interactive and synergistic effects. This complexity is intensified further by data paucity, potentially significant time lags, and simultaneous background changes to natural systems, such as those caused by climate change. 

Read the full abstract here.