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ATSE Talk – Drought, flooding rains and blooming fish kills: New technologies for tackling Australia’s biggest water management challenges

Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering

ANU University House Public Lecture



Dr Stuart Minchin,

Chief, Environmental Geoscience,

Geoscience Australia



 Australia is a land of extremes, and dealing with these, across enormous areas is a huge challenge for our nation’s water managers. This presentation will explore some of the new tools and technologies that are giving our water managers an unprecedented level of information about the location, volume, use and risks associated with water in the Australian landscape. It will discuss drought, water quality and flood mapping from satellite, airborne geophysics techniques being applied to understand groundwater and how machine learning and big data can help us provide information to allow better management of our water resources.



Dr. Stuart Minchin is currently the Chief of the Environmental Geoscience Division of Geoscience Australia. The Environmental Geoscience Division (~200 staff) includes the National Earth and Marine Observations, National Geospatial Information, and Groundwater Branches. The Environmental Geoscience Division of Geoscience Australia is the centre of expertise in the Australian Government for environmental earth science issues and the custodian of national environmental geoscience data, information and knowledge.

He has an extensive background in the management and modelling of environmental data and the online delivery of data, modelling and reporting tools for improved natural resource management. Stuart represents Australia in key international forums and is Australia’s Principal Delegate to both the UN Global Geospatial Information Management Group of Experts (UNGGIM) and the Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO). He also currently serves on the Editorial Board of the international Journal “Ecological Indicators”.