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A Behavioural Rebound Effect: Results from a laboratory experiment

Abstract Significant attention has been paid to leveraging behavioural motivators (non-price interventions) to increase energy conservation (Allcott and Mullainathan, 2010). Technological change that improves energy efficiency is also important (The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, 2014). While both…
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  • Date Published: 1st Dec 2017

Storm event-scale nutrient attenuation in constructed wetlands experiencing a Mediterranean climate: A comparison of a surface flow and hybrid surface-subsurface flow system

Abstract Among different Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) options, constructed wetlands (CWs) are widely used to protect and support downstream urban waterways from stormwater nutrients. This analysis assessed the nutrient attenuation ability of a novel CW in Western Australia that…
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  • Date Published: 29th Apr 2017

Expert opinion on risks to the long-term viability of residential recycled water schemes: An Australian study

Abstract The water sector needs to make efficient and prudent investment decisions by carefully considering the long-term viability of water infrastructure projects. To support the assessment and planning of residential recycled water schemes in Australia, we have sought to clarify…
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  • Date Published: 2nd May 2017

Resource Recovery from Wastewater by Biological Technologies: Opportunities, Challenges, and Prospects

Abstract Limits in resource availability are driving a change in current societal production systems, changing the focus from residues treatment, such as wastewater treatment, toward resource recovery. Biotechnological processes offer an economic and versatile way to concentrate and transform resources…
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  • Date Published: 6th Jan 2017

A mechanistic model for anaerobic phototrophs in domestic wastewater applications: Photo-anaerobic model (PAnM)

Abstract Purple phototrophic bacteria (PPB) have been recently proposed as a key potential mechanism for accumulative biotechnologies for wastewater treatment with total nutrient recovery, low greenhouse gas emissions, and a neutral to positive energy balance. Purple phototrophic bacteria have a…
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  • Date Published: 9th Mar 2017

Water Quality Dynamics of Urban Water Bodies during Flooding in Can Tho City, Vietnam

Abstract Water pollution associated with flooding is one of the major problems in cities in the global South. However, studies of water quality dynamics during flood events are not often reported in literature, probably due to difficult conditions for sampling…
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  • Date Published: 6th Apr 2017

Assessment of urban pluvial flood risk and efficiency of adaptation options through simulations – A new generation of urban planning tools

Abstract We present a new framework for flexible testing of flood risk adaptation strategies in a variety of urban development and climate scenarios. This framework couples the 1D-2D hydrodynamic simulation package MIKE FLOOD with the agent-based urban development model DAnCE4Water…
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  • Date Published: 9th May 2017

Impact of water allocation strategies to manage groundwater resources in Western Australia: Equity and efficiency considerations

Abstract In many parts of the world groundwater is being depleting at an alarming rate. Where groundwater extraction is licenced, regulators often respond to resource depletion by reducing all individual licences by a fixed proportion. This approach can be effective…
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  • Date Published: 1st Mar 2017

Coping capacities for improving adaptation pathways for flood protection in Can Tho, Vietnam

Abstract The planning and phasing of adaptation responses are essential to tackle uncertainties and ensure positive outcomes while adapting to changing circumstances. Understanding the evolution of coping and adaptation responses and their capacities is a prerequisite for preparing an effective…
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  • Date Published: 12th Jun 2017

Simplification of one-dimensional hydraulic networks by automated processes evaluated on 1D/2D deterministic flood models

Abstract Evaluation of pluvial flood risk is often based on computations using 1D/2D urban flood models. However, guidelines on choice of model complexity are missing, especially for one-dimensional (1D) network models. This study presents a new automatic approach for simplification…
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  • Date Published: 12th May 2017

The cooling effect of irrigation on urban microclimate during heatwave conditions

Abstract The emergence of integrated urban water management (IUWM), provides a unique opportunity for passive evaporative cooling of urban environments. This study investigates the potential of purposefully managed irrigation for cooling benefits in a suburb of Adelaide, Australia, where IUWM…
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  • Date Published: 18th May 2017

Perceptions of thermal comfort in heatwave and non-heatwave conditions in Melbourne, Australia

Abstract Heatwaves can cause discomfort and illnesses due to heat stress. However, how people perceive thermal comfort and adapt to extreme heat conditions on heatwave days is uncertain. Most outdoor thermal comfort studies have been conducted under non-extreme conditions and…
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  • Date Published: 9th Sep 2016

Preliminary evidence suggests freshwater turtles respond positively to an environmental water delivery during drought

Abstract Environmental flows (e-flows) are a common management tool to improve the health of flow-regulated river systems and their biota. The effect of e-flows on fish, waterbirds and vegetation has been assessed in Australia, but their influence on turtles remains…
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  • Date Published: 9th Mar 2017

Urban water metabolism indicators derived from a water mass balance – Bridging the gap between visions and performance assessment of urban water resource management

Abstract Improving resource management in urban areas has been enshrined in visions for achieving sustainable urban areas, but to date it has been difficult to quantify performance indicators to help identify more sustainable outcomes, especially for water resources. In this…
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  • Date Published: 29th May 2017

The most cost-effective ways to maintain public open space with less water: Perth case study

Abstract Local governments in Perth, Western Australia, use groundwater to irrigate high value public open space. Due to a sustained decline in rainfall current groundwater extraction rates are unsustainable and are set to be reduced. We investigate the cost-effectiveness of…
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  • Date Published: 12th Nov 2017

Detection and interpretation of anomalous water use for non-residential customers

Abstract Smart water meters can help businesses save water. But achieving this goal requires trusted algorithms for processing the data and intuitive, interactive software systems to support end users in decision making. This paper presents an algorithm and a web-based…
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  • Date Published: 5th Dec 2017

Modelling the long-term effect of wastewater compositions on maximum sulfide and methane production rates of sewer biofilm

Abstract Reliable modelling of sulfide and methane production in sewer systems is required for efficient sewer emission management. Wastewater compositions affect sulfide and methane production kinetics through both its short-term variation influencing the substrate availability to sewer biofilms, and its…
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  • Date Published: 3rd Nov 2017

Stormwater Biofilters as Barriers against Campylobacter jejuni, Cryptosporidium Oocysts and Adenoviruses; Results from a Laboratory Trial

Abstract Biofilters are a widely used stormwater treatment technology. However; other than some evidence regarding non-pathogenic indicator microorganisms; there are significant knowledge gaps in the capacity of stormwater biofilters to remove actual pathogens and how this removal is impacted by…
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  • Date Published: 6th Dec 2017

Managing urban water systems with significant adaptation deficits—unified framework for secondary cities: part II—the practice

Abstract Adaptation gaps are shortcomings of a system responding to climate change, whereas adaptation deficits are shortcomings in providing services. These two drivers for adaptation are often in conflict in many secondary cities in the global south (SCGS). It is…
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  • Date Published: 30th Aug 2017
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