Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

AWMC Seminar Program: Quantifying the ‘water sensitive performance’ of urban areas

Quantifying the ‘water sensitive performance’ of urban areas

Abstract: To manage the growth of Australia’s rapidly growing urban areas in an uncertain climate, water managers and urban planners increasingly need good metrics that describe the ‘water-sensitive performance’ of urban areas. This encompasses how efficiently water is used to deliver the diverse functions of water in urban areas, how natural hydrological flows are altered by urbanisation, and the resilience of urban areas to droughts and floods.  Researchers at the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities are developing methods to quantify the ‘water-sensitive performance’ of cities, urban precincts, and urban developments. Urban water mass balance is used to compile a comprehensive account of all water flows into, through and out of urban areas (both natural and anthropogenic), from which performance indicators are derived. Examples are presented of how this method has been used at different urban scales to give insights for regional urban planning, infill development and urban water servicing.

Bio: Marguerite Renouf is a Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering. She is a lead researcher with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities,  developing methods and metrics for quantifying the water performance of urban areas. She collaborates with water manager, urban planners, and architects to understand how urban design option influences the many functions of water in the urban landscape.

Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 26 October 2018
9am - 10am
Venue: AIBN Building 75, Level 1 Seminar Room

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