Water resources and management and water quality monitoring

This research theme embraces the design of systems to manage the quantity, quality and distribution of water, whether potable, waste or stormwater.

Water quality management includes the development of systems to protect and monitor the quality in water bodies, such as catchment management, novel methods for the detection of pesticides, and detection and reduction of cyanobacterial (blue green algal) blooms. Studies are conducted on the fate of heavy metals in the environment, and the relationship and impacts of recycled water and stormwater on wetlands and shallow marine ecosystems.


Major project areas

  • Groundwater contamination and remediation in urban areas and assessment of future impacts on key vulnerable groundwater resources at risk from climate change and population growth.
  • Rainfall runoff modelling and stormwater management, drought reporting and forecasting, water conservation.
  • Urban irrigation, hydrodynamic modelling of natural flow systems.
  • Chemical and ecotoxicological methods of water monitoring.

Related projects

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer