Monash University

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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

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

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

Development of the VTUF-3D v1.0 urban micro-climate model to support assessment of urban vegetation influences on human thermal comfort

Abstract With urban areas facing longer duration heat-waves and temperature extremes from climate change and growing urban development, adaptation strategies are needed to protect city residents. Examining the role that increased tree cover and water availability can have on human…
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  • Date Published: 12th Jan 2018

The Sensitivity of Urban Meteorology to Soil Moisture Boundary Conditions: A Case Study in Melbourne, Australia

Abstract The sensitivity of near-surface urban meteorological conditions to three different soil moisture initialization experiments under heat-wave conditions is investigated for the city of Melbourne, Australia. The Weather Research and Forecasting Model is used to simulate a domain over Melbourne…
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  • Date Published: 17th Jul 2017

Modelling transitions in urban water systems

Abstract Long term planning of urban water infrastructure requires acknowledgement that transitions in the water system are driven by changes in the urban environment, as well as societal dynamics. Inherent to the complexity of these underlying processes is that the…
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  • Date Published: 1st Dec 2017

Policy-makers perspectives on credibility, relevance and legitimacy (CRELE)

Abstract For more than a decade, a popular theory amongst scholars of science-policy interactions has been that research is most effective at informing policy and decision-making processes when it is credible, relevant and legitimate (CRELE) with multiple audiences simultaneously. In…
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  • Date Published: 10th Jul 2017

It’s what you do and where you do it: Perceived similarity in household water saving behaviours

Abstract In the face of continued environmental degradation, policy makers need to accelerate public uptake of pro-environmental behaviours. Promoting behaviours which catalyse the adoption of other similar behaviours through the spillover effect has been proposed as a potential solution. This…
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  • Date Published: 21st Oct 2017

Urban metabolism for planning water sensitive city-regions Proof of concept for an urban water metabolism evaluation framework

Researchers from The University of Queensland’s Water-Energy-Carbon Research Group and Griffith University’s Urban Research Program further developed and used the concept of urban metabolism to evaluate the water resource management at city-region and meso-urban scales. Urban metabolism is a concept…
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  • Date Published: 20th Dec 2017

Green walls for greywater reuse: Understanding the role of media on pollutant removal

Abstract Green walls offer multiple benefits to urban environments, but they are major water consumers and not optimal for use in dry climates. If green walls were engineered to treat greywater, they could become cost-effective and more widespread. However, it…
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  • Date Published: 1st May 2017

Pesticide occurrence and spatio-temporal variability in urban run-off across Australia

Abstract Stormwater is a major driving factor of aquatic ecosystem degradation as well as one of the largest untapped urban freshwater resources. We present results from a long-term, multi-catchment study of urban stormwater pesticides across Australia that addresses this dichotomous…
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  • Date Published: 15th May 2017

Water in the city: Green open spaces, land use planning and flood management – An Australian case study

Abstract With increasing worldwide recognition of the influence of urban development on the hydrological functions of water, there is growing pressure for urban planning to play a greater role in water resources management. Planning for green open spaces in particular…
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  • Date Published: 20th Apr 2017

The interaction of risk allocation and governance arrangements in innovative urban stormwater and recycling projects

Abstract Successful innovation requires clarity around the identification and allocation of risk and the responsibilities of stakeholders in its management. The quest for water security in large cities has led to consideration of alternative water sources, which may involve new…
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  • Date Published: 21st Apr 2017
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