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2007 archive New water plan and its significance for eWater

Friday 2 February 2007

The Prime Minister's 'National Plan for Water Security' (see below) released last Thursday provides further impetus for eWater's development of new generation water planning and forecasting tools for Australia.

The Prime Minister's 'National Plan for Water Security' (see below) released last Thursday provides further impetus for eWater's development of new generation water planning and forecasting tools for Australia.

One great example is our P2 'River Operations and Management' (ROM) project where we are working with the Murray-Darling Basin state partners, as well as the MDBC itself, to create a combined hydrological and ecological modelling platform suitable for use by all water agencies. The ROM platform draws on the strengths and successes of existing models such as IQQM, REALM and MSM-BIGMOD, as well as providing for management requirements set out by the National Water Initiative, such as water accounting and expanded water trade. P2-ROM will also incorporate the latest knowledge of the impacts of climate change and of ecological science and river management.

The $400 million in funding for eWater partner, the Bureau of Meteorology, to develop AWRIS (Australian Water Resources Information System) and related projects, is a very welcome investment in improving our national water monitoring, data management and forecasting capabilities. We expect that it will also help to further the development of the WRON initiative being led by CSIRO and supported by several other eWater partners. Not only will eWater’s models help support these activities, but the development of much improved real-time monitoring and standardised and freely available reporting of data through the internet and the WRON, will add tremendous utility and value to our model users.

Gary Foley (Acting Director of the Bureau of Meteorology) and Prof. Gary Jones were interviewed about this proposed national water forecasting on ABC radio's program 'AM' on Saturday 27 January 2007. A link to the interview is provided below.

 

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Name: Ann Milligan
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Email: ann.milligan@ewatercrc.com.au