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Interdisciplinary Water Research at Monash University

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Transcript of Interdisciplinary Water Research at Monash University

Inter-disciplinary Water Research at
Integrating………..
Water Engineering, Aquatic Ecology, Botanical Science, Social Science,
Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Climatology, Climate Science, Environmental Economics
Integrating………..
Water Engineering, Aquatic Ecology, Botanical Science, Social Science
2005
2010
The value proposition
The output of our CRC will guide capital investments of more than $100 Billion by the Australian water sector and more than $550 Billion of private sector investment in urban development over the next 15 years.
2012
The Water Sensitive City requires the transformation of urban water systems from a focus on water supply and wastewater disposal (the ‘taps and toilets’ water utilities) to more complex, flexible systems that:-
integrate various sources of water
operate through a combination of centralised and decentralised systems;
deliver a wider range of services to communities (e.g. ecosystem services, urban heat mitigation); and
integrate into urban design
Responding to a Grand Challenge
Integrating………..
Water Engineering, Aquatic Ecology, Botanical Science, Social Science, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Climatology, Climate Science, Environmental Economics,
Behavioural Science, Spatial Planning, Statutory Planning, Political Science, Public Administration and Regulation, Information Technology, Education and Training.
$120million budget over 9 years
Implementation of Biofiltration Technology in Australia
Technology Diffusion in Society:-Understanding the Enabling Context
Socio-political Capital
Bridging Organisations
Trusted & Reliable Science
Binding Targets
Accountability
Strategic Funding Points
Demonstration Projects & Training
Market Receptivity
Climatic Extremes and Denser Urban Environments
Water Sensitive Cities
- Key Themes
Building Flexibility & Adaptability in its water sources
“Cities as Water Supply Catchments”

Green Infrastructure
“Cities providing Ecosystem Services”

Building social and institutional capital
“A Sophisticated City attuned to a Ecologically
Sustainable Lifestyle”
“Cities are Water Supply Catchments”
$4.5million budget over 3 years
$20million budget over 3 years
Source: Ishida (1993)
1995-2001
Kfar-Sava Development
2009
Research Programs
2005
2002
2011
Understanding wetland treatment processes
Integrating wetland technology into urban form
Wetland technology for harvesting urban stormwater.............
Wetland technology for harvesting urban stormwater
.............and as public art
2002
2005
2004
Understanding biofiltration processes & integration into streetscape
Establishing the first inter-disciplinary urban water research facility
Advancing water biofiltration
Proof-of-concept in China
Implementation of Biofiltration Technology in China
2006
2007
Demonstration of Biofiltration Technology in Israel
Institutionalising Water Sensitive Urban Design in Singapore
2007-2012
Implementation of Biofiltration Technology in Singapore
2008
Implementation of Wetland Technology in Singapore
2010
Expanding inter-disciplinary urban water research
Establishing a National inter-disciplinary urban water research centre
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