Australian Journal of Water Resources

The Australian Journal of Water Resources is a multi-disciplinary regional journal dedicated to scholarship, professional practice and discussion on water resources planning, management and policy. Its primary geographic focus is on Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Papers from outside this region will also be welcomed if they contribute to an understanding of water resources issues in the region. Such contributions could be due to innovations applicable to the Australasian water community, or where clear linkages between studies in other parts of the world are linked to important issues or water planning, management, development and policy challenges in Australasia. These could include papers on global issues where Australasian impacts are clearly identified. For more information please click here.

Australian Rainfall and Runoff

Australian Rainfall and Runoff is one of the most influential and highly used documents published by the Institution of Engineers, Australia. The current edition, initially published in 1987 and in a modified form in 1997, has received widespread Australian and international acclaim. Furthermore, the document is the basis of most flood estimation undertaken in Australia.

Australian Runoff Quality

Australian Runoff Quality (ARQ) is a design guideline that provides an overview of current best practice in the management of urban stormwater in Australia. It is an initiative of the Institution of Engineers, Australia's National Committee on Water Engineering, and contains:

  • Procedures for the estimation of a range of urban stormwater contaminants;
  • Design guidelines for commonly applied stormwater quantity and quality management practices;
  • Procedures for the estimation of the performance of these practices; and
  • Advice with respect to the development/consideration of integrated urban water cycle management practices.

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Discussion Papers

Position papers provide an informative, nontechnical summary of water engineering issues which affect the community. They also present the Institution of Engineers position on these issues. Listed below are the titles and abstracts of the current position papers. Click on the link to view the full paper:

The Hydrologic Impacts of Farm Dams

Farm dams play an important role in Australian agriculture. Small dams storing just a few megalitres provide essential supplies for stock and domestic consumption. Larger dams are used for irrigation purposes, and play a vital role in increasing the productivity, and hence viability, of many agricultural enterprises. Over time there has been an increase in the number of dams used for irrigation purposes. There has been a general trend towards constructing larger dams, some impounding many hundreds of megalitres, to provide additional security of supply and to irrigate high value crops. An increase in the number of farm dams used for domestic, stock or aesthetic purposes is also expected in new peri-urban developments.This Discussion Paper on the Hydrologic Impacts of Farm Dams is by Rory Nathan and Lisa Lowe, Sinclair Knight Merz.

Water Cycle Management

This Position Paper outlines the Australia's water resources and how we use our water. It is increasingly being recognised that new development will not be sustainable with respect to water unless integrated strategies to manage the water cycle are implemented. This paper supports the adoption and implementation of such integrated strategies and promotes the conservation of our drinking water and the more efficient and effective re-use of our stormwater and wastewater resources to reduce the use of high quality drinkable water for purposes which only require a lower quality of water. 

Droughts and Drought Mitigation in Water Resources Planning

Many parts of Australia have experienced their worst single and multi-year droughts on record over the last decade. These recent climate conditions have severely stressed our water supply systems and the communities that depend on them. With the threat of climate change potentially further exacerbating droughts in the years ahead, Engineers Australia firmly believes that a national review of the adequacy of drought response plans is urgently required.

Dryland Salinity

Dryland salinity is fundamentally a groundwater problem that produces effects at or above the land surface, and in the underlying root zone. Along with erosion and waterlogging, it is a form of land and water degradation that has serious implications for Australia's future. This position paper is designed to outline the technical aspects of dryland salinity in Australia, and recommend action to address the problem.

Flooding and Flood Mitigation

Floods in Australia are a natural and frequently occurring event, often affecting thousands of people. Floods can cause widespread disruption to commercial and agricultural activities and property damage resulting in millions of dollars of economic loss. This paper argues that the economic and social impact of floods can be mitigated by a combination of structural and non-structural measures. These include land-use regulation, public education, implementation of flood warning systems as well as the construction of flood mitigation structures.

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