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Administrator at Waterways

The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management celebrates 10 years

On Friday 12 July the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management celebrated its ten year-anniversary at Riccarton House.

Attendees included champions from a decade ago, Waterways members and core staff, members of the Waterways Advisory Committee, other external stakeholders plus past and current students. Milestones and achievements noted include the development of five Water Resource Management (WRM) undergraduate courses, and the WRM PG Diploma, Masters and PhD qualifications. Ninety-nine WRM postgraduates have graduated, including 5 PhDs. More generally Waterways has overcome some of the logistical challenges of delivering a teaching and research centre across two very different universities.

The celebration coincided with Jenny Webster-Brown’s last day as Waterways Director, and without exception guest speakers noted Jenny’s hard work and dedication with deep gratitude and appreciation.

Current and past Waterways staff

Professor Jenny Webster-Brown

David Painter, Jenny Webster-Brown and John Bright

Managing flooding; lessons from Hurricane Harvey and Christchurch

A public lecture presented by Erskine visiting Professor David Maidment, University of Texas at Austin, and Professor Tim Davies, University of Canterbury.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
6 – 8 pm
Bentley’s Bar, University of Canterbury
Cash bar open at 5:30 pm

All are welcome.

Flooding is an age-old scourge of humanity and Texas and Canterbury are no strangers to floods. In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas with storm rainfall exceeding 1000 mm over substantial areas, resulting in 80 lives lost and 136,000 homes flooded in Houston.

David Maidment served in the Texas State Operations Center in Austin supporting the flood emergency response and will describe this eventful experience. This includes using a new National Water Model of the United States to continuously simulate the flood and map its impact on the people of the region.

Tim Davies is an expert on natural hazards and their impacts, and will outline the history of the Heathcote River in Christchurch, the flood management measures that have been implemented on it, and future prospects in the light of rising sea levels and increased urbanization of the catchment.

Managing flooding public lecture March 27 2018 flyer

The 2017 Waterways Postgraduate Student Conference

Interested in freshwater? The 2017 Waterways Postgraduate Student Conference will be held Tuesday, November 14, 9 – 5 pm in the Stewart Building at Lincoln University, Canterbury.

Attendance is free, and includes morning and afternoon tea, lunch and drinks and nibbles following the presentations. Registration is now open and can be done here.

Postgraduate students from the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University showcase their freshwater related research at the conference, which is organised by Master and Doctoral students affiliated with the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management. Topics range from groundwater/surface water interactions, monitoring techniques, water policy, engineering, to social perspectives on freshwater.

A draft programme is available here.

Darcy Lecture: Monitoring Groundwater

The Canterbury Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Aqualinc and the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management present
The 2017 Darcy Lecture

A Tale of Two Porosities: Exploring Why Contaminant
Transport Doesn’t Always Behave the Way It Should

Presented by Kamini Singha, Ph.D.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

5:30pm Nibbles, tea/coffee
6:30- 7:30pm Presentation

C3 Lecture Theatre
University of Canterbury

“A Tale of Two Porosities: Exploring Why Contaminant Transport Doesn’t Always Behave the Way It Should” explores the long-term goals of work being conducted that aims to contribute toward improving the predictive capabilities of numerical models and enhancing the fidelity of long-term groundwater monitoring frameworks.​

All are welcome, no RSVP required.

More information is available on a PDF flyer here.

Smart Markets for Water Resources

Increasing pressure on water resources means that society needs to be smarter. New technologies can combine with market approaches to get more value from water while better protecting the environment. Join the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management in the release of a book on one new technology, Smart Markets for Water Resources: A Manual for Implementation. The book is co-authored by John Raffensperger (now at Rand Corp.) and Waterways member Mark Milke.

The event provides an opportunity to look forward to better incorporating new technologies and market approaches in water resource management. Dr Eric Crampton, Chief Economist at the New Zealand Initiative, will open with a short presentation regarding the role of markets in freshwater management.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Upstairs, Ilam Homestead
University of Canterbury

Nibbles provided and drinks are available at the Staff Club Bar downstairs. A PDF flyer is available for distribution with more information.

All are welcome – please email to RSVP.