Current Webinars

Adaptive Real Time Operations of the Crocodile River Catchment, Kruger National Park

An International Water Resources Management Experience with HydroNET

When: 12:30pm AEDT 28th February 2017

The complex challenges in managing water resources in South Africa and the need for an adaptive operations approach required a strategic change to the Inkomati Catchment Management approach.

Find out how this approach may be relevant to you.

The Crocodile River Catchment includes the southern section of the Kruger National Park in South Africa and has many competing social, environmental and agricultural interests. The catchment and regulated river system support a large and diverse agricultural region; urban centres and important industrial zones; significant environmental and cultural assets and a tourism industry with over 1.4 million visitors per year.

Brian Jackson will share his experience in implementing this adaptive operational approach to water resources management and the technological innovations that they implemented.

Challenges and outcomes to be covered during the webinar:

  • Decision support framework and systems
  • Climate variability and data management
  • Stakeholder engagement and interaction
  • Flood Early Warning System
  • HydroNET implementation and operation

This FREE webinar will provide an implementation overview of the HydroNET platform and how it can be used for real-time water resource operation, management and planning.

Registrations open – limited spaces.

  • Brian Jackson, Water Technology
    Brian is a professional civil engineer, water resources manager, modeller and hydrologist with 20 years of experience in implementing integrated water resources management in South Africa. He has been at the forefront of implementing the new, and internationally respected, water act of South Africa since its promulgation in 1998 through his employment at both the national Department of Water Affairs and the first Catchment Management Agency established in South Africa. This entails the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of water resources. Brian joined Water Technology in January 2017 as the lead for HydroNET in Australia and New Zealand.

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Past Webinars

Radar Rainfall Calibration

When: 12:30pm AEST 1st December 2016
  • How reliable is the radar rainfall forecast?
  • What is the usefulness of radar rainfall data?
  • Can radar rainfall be used for more than just planning the afternoon BBQ?

Understanding the benefits of radar rainfall, the quality of the data and how it can be used is important for hydrological studies, emergency response and to understand large catchments with a limited number of gauges. Accessing data when you need it and having confidence in the quality of that data will be covered during the presentation.

This FREE webinar will provide background to how the Bureau of Meteorology is using radar rainfall data, what radar products they have available and how the HydroNET platform can be used to access calibrated radar rainfall data.

Registrations closed.

  • Dr Alan Seed, Bureau of Meteorology
    Dr Alan Seed has worked with the Bureau since 1997 and has a passion for using radar data in hydrology.  His radar rainfall estimation and forecasting work is renowned worldwide with numerous publications and citations
  • Steve Clark, Water Technology
    Steve has over 25 years’ experience as a specialist in the water resources and coastal engineering fields specialising in flood risk and flood risk management. His work in waterway, floodplain and floodplain risk management; and infrastructure investigations has frequently utilised advanced hydrodynamic modelling systems and has been undertaken throughout Australia and Internationally.

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HydroNET: Flood Emergency Planning & Response

When: 4:00pm AEST 25th August 2016

Local and State Authorities play a critical role in the front-line response to the impact of storm events and climate change. The challenges to better planning and responses require an adaptive and transparent approach to managing the risks and impacts of flood events to the community.

Access to good quality data when it is needed is essential for understanding the likely impacts of a storm event. Having that information readily available to prepare and respond to a storm event is critical for water managers.

The linking of rainfall and stream flow data has been a time consuming and costly process and access to that information during a real-time flood emergency has been difficult. The HydroNET platform has powerful online applications that bring this information together to allow for better decision making and response times.

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