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Two Tranche 1 PhDs exhibit research

We congratulate two PhD students for their exhibition about their research at the MADA Faculty Gallery last month.   PhDs Gyongyver Engloner and Daniel Nyandega were attached to the CRCWSC’s Tranche 1 project D5.1 – Urban intensification and green infrastructure. PhD…
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  • Date Published: 22nd Oct 2019

Guiding integrated urban and water planning (Ozwater’19 conference paper)

Abstract The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) research project, Guiding Integrated Urban and Water Planning (IRP3) recognises that achieving innovative water sensitive outcomes requires greater integration between urban and water planning. The new project aims to explore how urban…
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  • Date Published: 30th Jul 2019

Quantifying the hydrological performance of infill development

Abstract Water performance will be an important design criterion for urban development in Australia’s cities, to mitigate the adverse impacts of urban densification and expansion on hydrology, water quality, and water use efficiency. We demonstrate how one aspect, hydrological performance,…
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  • Date Published: 7th May 2019

Is the urban heat island exacerbated during heatwaves in southern Australian cities?

Abstract The extra-tropical Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth are all affected by summer heatwaves and the urban heat island (UHI) effect. While research has been undertaken on both phenomena individually, they have not been studied in tandem in…
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  • Date Published: 30th Aug 2018

Dual-mode stormwater-greywater biofilters: The impact of alternating water sources on treatment performance

Abstract The intermittent nature of stormwater runoff impacts the treatment performance of biofilters, also known as stormwater biofiltration or bioretention systems and raingardens. During extended dry periods, which are common even in temperate climates, plants can perish, creating unattractive and…
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  • Date Published: 12th Apr 2019

Flow‐mediated movement of freshwater catfish, Tandanus bostocki, in a regulated semi‐urban river, to inform environments

Abstract Movement and migration of fish are critical for sustaining riverine fish populations. Water resource development alters natural flow regimes and can disconnect habitats and interfere with hydrological cues for fish movement. Environmental flow releases can counter these impacts, but…
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  • Date Published: 12th Feb 2019

Analysing water sensitive urban design options

Abstract Planning for ‘water-sensitive’ infill development has become a priority for sustainable urban development in Australia. With city growth, infill development in vacant or under-used land parcels is becoming a dominant mode of development. However, the current ‘knock-down-rebuild’ approach to…
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  • Date Published: 10th Jan 2019

Community perceptions of the implementation and adoption of WSUD for stormwater systems

Abstract Approaches to Water Sensitive Urban Design: Potential, Design, Ecological Health, Economics, Policies and Community Perceptions covers all aspects on the implementation of sustainable storm water systems for urban and suburban areas whether they are labeled as WSUD, Low Impact…
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  • Date Published: 18th Oct 2018

The Role of Community Champions in Long-Term Sustainable Urban Water Planning

Abstract Community engagement and stewardship are important elements in urban water planning if we are to achieve the vision of water sensitive cities. The aim of this study was to explore how community members could participate in collaborative water planning…
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  • Date Published: 6th Mar 2019

Factors controlling dissimilatory nitrate reduction processes in constructed stormwater urban wetlands

Abstract Water treatment wetlands are increasingly being used to reduce pollutant loads including nitrogen (N) in urban runoff. Processes such as denitrification (DNF) and anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox), which remove N, and dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium (DNRA), which recycles…
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  • Date Published: 18th Jan 2019

Benchmarking, Envisioning and Transition Planning for a Water Sensitive Greater Sydney: Final Case Report

The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) was invited to develop a WSC vision and transition strategy for Sydney, encompassing the Greater Sydney region. This forms part of the Water Sensitive City Visions and Transition Strategies integrated research…
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  • Date Published: 12th Dec 2018

Benchmarking, Envisioning and Transition Planning for a Water Sensitive Townsville: Final Case Report

The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) was invited to develop a WSC vision and transition strategy for Townsville. This process forms part of the Water Sensitive City Visions and Transition Strategies integrated research project (IRP1), which aims…
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  • Date Published: 12th Dec 2018

Short-term changes in thermal perception associated with heatwave conditions in Melbourne, Australia

Abstract Variations in human thermal perception have been described on timescales from minutes to seasons. However, the effect of weather-related thermal extremes on inter-daily changes to outdoor thermal perception has not been well characterised. This study used human thermal comfort…
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  • Date Published: 26th May 2018

The impact of urbanisation and stormwater management practices on water balances and nutrient pathways in areas of high groundwater: a review of recent literature

The need to understand the impact of urbanisation and changing land use on water and solute mass balances in the groundwater underlying urban areas has been increasingly recognised over the past 25 years. Groundwater resources are now included, for example,…
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  • Date Published: 6th Nov 2018

The challenges of translating science and research into policy

Developing a strategic mindset about influencing policy must start with the understanding that opportunities to influence policy and make significant change occur infrequently and often unpredictably. The research community needs to seize such opportunities  (termed  'policy windows') when they do…
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  • Date Published: 2nd Nov 2018

How can scientists have greater influence in policy making?

Policy making is an extremely complex area of politics that brings together many different considerations, contexts, institutions and personalities.   Strategies for influencing the political dynamics of decision-making (Project A3.3) of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities unpacked some of this…
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  • Date Published: 2nd Nov 2018
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