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Vision and Transition Strategy for a Water Sensitive Greater Sydney

This Vision and Transition Strategy defines a vision of a water sensitive future for Greater Sydney, NSW, and outlines the broad steps the city should take to enable a transition towards this future. It is the outcome of a project…
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  • Date Published: 16th Jul 2018

Vision and Transition Strategy for a Water Sensitive Bendigo

This Vision and Transition Strategy defines a vision of a water sensitive future for Bendigo, Victoria, and outlines the broad steps Bendigo should take to enable a transition towards this future. It is the outcome of nine months of research,…
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  • Date Published: 11th Jul 2018

Overview: Vision and Transition Strategy for a Water Sensitive Townsville

This note provides an overview of the   Vision and Transition Strategy for a Water Sensitive Townsville.   The note presents the 50-year water sensitive vision for Townsville, and a summary assessment of Townsville’s current water sensitive performance and its progress  towards its…
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  • Date Published: 10th Jul 2018

Communicating about sustainable urban water management: community and professional perspectives on water-related terminology

Abstract As approaches to water management begin to encompass broader social and environmental goals, new technical terms have entered the field of water management. Effective communication across professional disciplines, and with community stakeholders, is essential for sustainable urban water management.…
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  • Date Published: 13th Jun 2018

Vision and Transition Strategy for a Water Sensitive Townsville

A project by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities brought together 29 leading thinkers across water, planning, environment and development in Townsville in a series of 3 action research workshops. They considered the city’s long-term water aspirations, benchmarked…
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  • Date Published: 28th Jun 2018

Nitrogen Removal in Greywater Living Walls: Insights into the Governing Mechanisms

Abstract Nitrogen is a pollutant of great concern when present in excess in surface waters. Living wall biofiltration systems that employ ornamentals and climbing plants are an emerging green technology that has recently demonstrated significant potential to reduce nitrogen concentrations…
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  • Date Published: 23rd Apr 2018

Adaptation Tipping Points of a Wetland under a Drying Climate

Abstract Wetlands experience considerable alteration to their hydrology, which typically contributes to a decline in their overall ecological integrity. Wetland management strategies aim to repair wetland hydrology and attenuate wetland loss that is associated with climate change. However, decision makers…
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  • Date Published: 24th Feb 2018

Preparing for disruptions: A diagnostic strategic planning intervention for sustainable development

Abstract Despite the emphasis on sustainable development in some of the contemporary planning and policy rhetoric, we face an implementation deficit in practice. The impediments to the widespread adoption and successful implementation of sustainable infrastructure in cities' critical sectors—such as…
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  • Date Published: 17th Jan 2017

A methodology to enable exploratory thinking in strategic planning

Abstract It is widely accepted that the traditional predict-then-act approach to long-term planning for delivery of public services, such as energy, water or transportation, cannot withstand uncertainties and complexities associated with issues such as population growth, changing demands and climate…
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  • Date Published: 2nd Feb 2016

Strategic planning of urban infrastructure for environmental sustainability: Understanding the past to intervene for the future

Abstract Urban infrastructure systems have long lifespans and influence the state of the environment for extended periods of time. Processes of strategic planning for urban infrastructure are thus instrumental to materializing environmental sustainability visions. Continued investments in infrastructure with adverse…
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  • Date Published: 16th May 2015

Mediating the science-policy interface: Insights from the urban water sector in Melbourne, Australia

Abstract This paper empirically examines through a single case study three theoretical models of science-policy interactions identified in the literature: science-push, policy-pull and co-production. Although the literature is clear that reliance on orderly linear models of knowledge transfer from science…
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  • Date Published: 10th Feb 2018

Water Sensitive Outcomes for infill developments (IRP4)

The presentation delivered by IRP4 Project Leaders – Assoc. Prof. Steven Kenway and Dr. Marguerite Renouf from the University of Queensland and Prof. Nigel Bertram from Monash University – on the 8th March 2018 in WA introduced the IRP4 project.…
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  • Date Published: 19th Mar 2018

Simulating flood risk under non-stationary climate and urban development conditions – Experimental setup for multiple hazards and a variety of scenarios

Abstract A framework for assessing economic flood damage for a large number of climate and urban development scenarios with limited computational effort is presented. Response surfaces are applied to characterize flood damage based on physical variables describing climate-driven hazards and…
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  • Date Published: 28th Feb 2018

Valuing Environmental Services Provided by Local Stormwater Management

Abstract Decentralized stormwater management systems deliver a number of environmental services that go beyond the reduction of flood risk, which has been the focus of conventional stormwater systems. Not all of these services may be equally valued by the public,…
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  • Date Published: 1st Aug 2016

Vision and Transition Strategy for a Water Sensitive Gold Coast

The City of Gold Coast (the City) engaged the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) to develop a water sensitive city vision and transition strategy for the Gold Coast, drawing on its ongoing research focused on developing methods…
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  • Date Published: 24th Apr 2018

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

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
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