“Rivers are complex systems and monitoring does not cover all places and all times; there is uncertainty about the total volumes of water in the system, ”Prof. Vervoort said. “Water could be ‘lost’ from our river systems through evaporation, groundwater recharge or other processes. “
“We are testing new detection technologies and new data science approaches to resolve some of the key monitoring uncertainties in river systems. ” he said.
“A better understanding of where, how and when we can better monitor water resources will improve decision-making around water sharing and drought protection. “
The project will also help the NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) to more closely monitor water withdrawals, ensuring that water is withdrawn and used legally across the state. The research project is expected to produce a prototype research model by December 2021.
The project was funded by the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE). Project partners include DPIE, NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN), University of Sydney, Australian National University (ANU), University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Macquarie University.
The NSW Smart Sensing Network was founded by the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales in 2016 with financial support from the NSW government. The NSSN brings together academia, industry and government to translate world-class research on intelligent sensing into compelling solutions.