Australian Partners

University of Newcastle

The Centre for Water, Climate and Land use (CWCL, http://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-and-innovation/centre/cwcl), belongs to the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER). NIER was established by The University of Newcastle (UON), in collaboration with industry and government organisations, to provide a multidisciplinary model for transformational research in energy and natural resources. Driven by a vision of global leadership, NIER addresses challenges associated with rapidly emerging issues of sustainability, productivity and competitiveness associated with energy and natural resources. NIER brings together relevant UON researchers under an umbrella institute to provide practical benefits to industry, the community and the economy. Funded through a $30 million Australian Government Education Investment Fund (EIF) grant and $2.2 million from the NSW Government, the NIER precinct is an integrated facility located on a 3.8 hectare site featuring extensive mineral, chemical and related technical laboratories and industrial-scale pilot plant workshops. Within NIER, the CWCL focuses on quantifying and managing impacts of hydroclimatic variability and change for the energy and water resources sectors. CWCL takes a leadership role with respect to independent research and guidance on policy and adaptation relating to the impacts associated with hydroclimatic risks. Through CWCL and NIER, UON has established a purpose built industry-academic space to facilitate direct interaction and knowledge sharing between key research, industry, government and community stakeholders. This environment provides research infrastructure and instrumentation, a critical mass of world-class researchers and industry representatives for collaboration, and the opportunity to interact with leading international scholars and industry/government representatives who regularly visit NIER.

• Understanding and modelling the impacts of hydroclimatic variability and change
• Quantification and management of current and future climate related risks
• Improving management of and resilience to floods, droughts and other extremes
• Hydrology (including quantity and quality of both surface water and groundwater)
• Urban and rural catchment and river basin management
• Urban and rural water resource system simulation and optimization
• Devising the best ways of planning and operating water infrastructure systems
• Balanced land use for energy, water and food security
• Climate change adaptation – research, education, capacity building, communication, policy
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS)

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