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New Director Appointed at the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management

Professor James Brasington has been appointed as the new Director of the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, a partnership between Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury.  James joins Waterways from the University of Waikato, where he held the inaugural Waikato Regional Council Chair of River Science and brings a wealth of experience from previous positions at Queen Mary, University of London, and the Universities of Cambridge and Wales. 

James is a geomorphologist with research interests in dynamics of alpine and piedmont rivers, in particular understanding the form and function of braided rivers.  His research focuses on novel remote sensing methods, in particular high resolution lidar and photogrammetry along with numerical and geospatial simulation modelling, which is used to investigate how rivers respond to environmental pressures.  This work has taken him across the world, from the Himalaya, to the Pyrenees, the European Alps and the Pacific Northwest.  For the last 15 years, he has worked extensively in the South Island of New Zealand, in what he calls his “natural laboratory” typically involving large teams, working closely with engineers, ecologists, computer scientists and practitioners.  While James is interested in the fundamental processes that drive the behaviour of rivers, his work is increasingly focused on the development of tools and knowledge to inform strategies to manage our rivers sustainably as we confront the growing challenges of climate change and increasing demand for water. 

James is excited to take up the opportunity to lead Waterways; “…innovative thinking and alternative perspectives on how we confront the challenges facing our freshwater resources has never been needed more urgently.  Waterways is uniquely positioned in this regard, bringing together a transdisciplinary whānau of outstanding researchers and students from across the Universities of Canterbury and Lincoln. By working together and in concert with our key stakeholders from iwi, regional government and industry, we have the potential to ‘think radically’ and develop holistic solutions that link the social, natural and cultural dimensions of freshwater.”  For more information about James, visit: Research Gate Profile, LinkedIn Profile, Google Scholar

Submissions invited for Waterways Postgraduate Student Conference

Are you supervising a post graduate student researching a fresh-water management issue? No matter what discipline, Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management really, really, REALLY wants to hear about their work.

The Waterways Centre hosts an annual event which showcases post-graduate students who are researching fresh water issues. It is set for Tuesday November 19, 2019. This year we are casting our net wide and calling for abstracts for oral or poster presentations across the whole university.

The conference offers students a chance to make new contacts within a supportive  community of emerging thinkers and researchers, and polish their science communication skills. Participating in the conference is an opportunity to present their research to a wide range of potential employers and water stakeholders. Beyond that, it is a great opportunity to understand how their work fits into, and contributes to a broad multidisciplinary research and policy context.

If you think your student is ready to present, please encourage them to submit an abstract, and pencil the conference into your own calendar. Submissions close August 31.

Go here for more information about the conference and copies of the abstract form.

Attendance is free and includes lunch.

Visit this page for prior conference abstract books. If you have any questions please contact suellen.knopick@canterbury.ac.nz.


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 suellen.knopick@canterbury.ac.nz to RSVP.