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June 2018

Get near real-time soil moisture estimates for your location or catchment: BOM webinar.

20 June, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In this webinar we discuss ways to obtain data and information for climatological, agricultural and flood modelling, water resources assessment, bushfire risk management and education. As the only source of information about the landscape water balance for the whole of Australia, the Australian Landscape Water Balance provides nationally consistent modelled data on soil moisture, runoff, evapotranspiration, deep drainage and precipitation in near real-time.

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ICEWaRM Webinar: Science protecting water in hydraulic fracturing

20 June, 1:30 pm

Best practice water management for unconventional gas extraction. A scientific inquiry in the Northern Territory has made recommendations for the sustainable management of surface and groundwater resources, and to mitigate environmental, social, cultural and economic risks associated with hydraulic fracturing for onshore shale gas, where possible, to acceptable levels.

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Making Groundwater Visible: BOM webinar

28 June, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

In this webinar we show you how the Bureau’s Groundwater Information Suite improves the visibility of this vital resource using comprehensive, nationally consistent groundwater information from across Australia. Groundwater is a major source of water for many urban and rural communities, as well as industry and agriculture—in some places it is the only source. Groundwater also sustains many rivers and wetlands in dry periods. As a largely hidden resource, it is much harder to measure.

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July 2018

Australian Marine Science Association Canyons to Coast Conference

1 July - 5 July

This conference seeks to progress our scientific understanding by shifting the perspective deeper to the interconnectedness between the coast and deep sea.

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Research Tuesdays: Thought for Food

10 July, 5:30 pm

Food and wine is big business in South Australia. We account for 80% of Australia’s premium wine exports and over half our state’s exports are agricultural products. Couple this with exceptional quality and it’s no surprise our produce is world-renowned. In this presentation you’ll hear how we’re:

  • helping farmers accurately measure produce quality in real time, using next-generation lasers;
  • establishing benchmark data for best-practice bush-foods farming; and
  • helping winemakers incorporate culturally appealing additives without sacrificing taste
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The Future of Water: Data or Instincts?

13 July, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Professor Todd Halihan. NGWA McEllhiney Lecture Series in Water Well Technology. Mankind uses economics, politics, and basic instincts to make decisions about water. However, the data on the hydrologic cycle suggests we are developing water incorrectly for two basic reasons. The first is our instincts are built upon water that is visible, so we ignore evapotranspiration which causes salinization, reduced water availability, and increased infrastructure costs. The second is our development of water preceded satellite data and computing power. This resulted in ignoring complicated groundwater systems that need to be defined on the meter scale and adopting simple concepts like dams and center pivot irrigation that do not require significant data management. A framework to improve our water resources will be presented as well as some case studies on how these problems present themselves.

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August 2018

Research Tuesdays: Protecting the Catch

14 August, 5:30 pm

With the world’s population predicted to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, seafood demand is set to skyrocket. Yet, almost 90% of fish stocks are already fully or over-exploited. So how can we keep seafood on the menu? Australia’s leading researchers in a number of complementary disciplines will discuss the critical challenges of sustainable fisheries: scientific and commercial interests; environmental concerns; ethics and equity; and international law and policy.

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6th National Malleefowl Conference

17 August - 19 August

The National Malleefowl Recovery Team is delighted to announce the dates for the 2018 National Malleefowl Forum in Mildura as Friday 17th August to Sunday 19th with tours available on the Monday. Registrations are now open.

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September 2018

Wombats Through Time and Space

17 September - 19 September

The 2018 Wombat conference: will be a celebration of research into all things wombat, and the 20th anniversary of the first edition of the Wombat book, fondly known as ‘The Wombat Bible’. The conference will be held from Monday 17th – Wednesday 19th of September at the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace Campus in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD.

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October 2018

Groundwater Quality: An Ecotoxicology Perspective

24 October, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Prof Jenny Stauber. 2018 IAH / NCGRT Distinguished Lecture Series. This talk will highlight some of the emerging contaminants from industrial, mining, coal seam gas and defence activities e.g. PFOS, that have the potential to impact groundwater quality and ecological health.  This requires a better understanding of how the properties of unsaturated and saturated zones may affect contaminant bioavailability and the response of groundwater biota. Case studies demonstrating the application of new ecotoxicological tools such as bioassays and molecular (-omics) techniques to assess impacts on groundwater biota and biodiversity will be discussed.

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