New Zealand and Australia
Large investments in water research over the past 15 years have improved water management significantly and have brought Australia to the top of water engineering. The extreme droughts and floods on large scales have forced the Australians to rethink their approach to agriculture. And the continuous growth of the resources market makes it crucial to get better insight in its effects on the environment. Mining has had a substantial environmental impact in some areas of Australia and the coastal developments needed to meet the demands of the exporters could potentially threaten the coastal ecosystems of Australia. A growing population and industry have initiated substantial developments in integrated urban water management and the development of water sensitive cities.
These investments and developments have led to a highly skilled community of researchers and consultants in Australia. However, the scale of the problems is such that there still is a need for expert input from outside Australia; both in expertise and capacity. Additionally, high tech markets like in Australia allow Deltares to accelerate innovation through international collaboration and potentially access to local R&D funding. This is where Deltares can offer added value.
The scale of our activities in New Zealand is somewhat smaller, but we can offer expertise to address some of the problems New Zealand has with water quality and we see potential there as well. Our connections with the academic world are good and we can build upon those too.
What can we offer to Australia and New Zealand?
- Our software tools and model expertise: Delft3D, Delft-FEWS, DELWAQ, DAM, iMOD, etc.
- Our skilled experts in all fields across Deltares
- Our integrated and participative way of working, for example in ‘Building with Nature’ and ‘Room for the River’ and with our Sustainable Delta Game
We want to be an innovative, reliable, independent partner that wants to share its knowledge and expertise with both clients and consultants. To support our activities in Australia and New Zealand we have local staff based in Brisbane (Simone De Kleermaker) and Taupo (Rogier Westerhoff). We are currently investigating possibilities to have a permanent base on the West Coast of Australia (Perth) as well.
Our projects and topics in Australia:
- Hydrological forecasting; Our activities in the field of flood forecasting have led to an Australian Delft-FEWS community with over 40 users. At present several key players in the field of hydrological forecasting have implemented Delft-FEWS and others are considering. Most recently we have won a project for the basin authority of the largest river in Australia (Murray Darling) that will allow us to look at seasonal forecasting.
- Flood risk management; We are developing a Monte Carlo framework for flood risk management for the State of Queensland as part of the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study in response to the devastating floods in January 2011. A consortium with Aurecon, RHDHV and Deltares won the bid for the second phase of the Study: a comprehensive hydrological study which determines the exceedance probabilities of extreme flood levels.
- Morphodynamic and sediment dynamics; (Iron) ore exploration has many aspects, ranging from setting up and evaluating a Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) to improvement of the ore separation process and shipment of the ore. Deltares assists RioTinto in some of these aspects by bringing together geophysical, geohydrological and geochemical knowledge.
- Water quality modelling; We have developed a pilot seagrass habitat suitability model in collaboration with SKM for South Australia Water Corporation.
Our projects and topics in New Zealand:
- Water quality modelling; Developing an instrument to determine the effects of measures to reduce agriculture emissions. This project is carried out for David Burger at DairyNZ, he is a former Deltares employee. Joost van der Roovaart is responsible.
- Geohydrology and remote sensing; Rogier Westerhoff does a PhD with GNS Science. The aim of his PhD will be to quantify the added value of satellite remote sensing for groundwater characterisation in terms of aquifer properties and volume changes in New Zealand.
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