Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

AWMC Seminar Program: Marguerite Renouf

Dr. Marguerite Renouf, research fellow at Water-Energy-Carbon Research Group in School of Chemical Engineering (, presents for the AWMC seminar.

An urban metabolism framework for water. What new insights can it give us about urban water servicing?

Urban metabolism is a concept being referred to increasingly in resource sustainability circles. It is a metaphor for conceptualising how resources flows through urban areas, with the intent of replicating the higher resource efficiencies of natural systems. For water it means quantifying water flows (both managed and natural flows) into, through and out of an urban area (for example, a city) to generate indicators of metabolic performance. As it has not yet been operationalised to any extent in the context of urban water management, it is not clear how it can support decisions about urban water servicing. In this presentation I will describe how an urban metabolism framework for water has been used to evaluate water servicing option for a greenfield Masterplan Development at Ripley Valley, west of Brisbane. What sort of information and indicators does it generate? What additional insights does it offer? How is it different to existing urban water evaluation approaches?  The work presented is part of research being conducted jointly by UQ Water-Energy-Carbon Research Group and Griffith University’s Urban Research Program through the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (Project B1.2).

Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 27 November 2015
9am - 10am
Venue: AIBN Building 75, Level 1 Seminar Room

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