Our leading edge in water, environment and agriculture technologies.
The earth’s natural environment, its food supply, cities and economies are all fundamentally dependent on water. Its secure supply consistently rates as one of humanity’s biggest strategic challenges as the imbalance between supply and demand, caused by rapid population growth and industrialisation, over-extraction of water, chronic pollution and climate change, grows.
Water innovation is vital to a sustainable future and we take a holistic approach to the three pillars of water productivity and security: water planning, infrastructure and operations (technology), and governance.
We work with farmers, river and catchment managers and water utilities to develop practical solutions for their water challenges in urban and natural environments. Our collaborations in research and development have underpinned advances in water technology and policy including transformation in salinity management, wastewater treatment and remediation, irrigation supply, flood design, basin planning and river restoration.
Our research collaborations deliver innovative solutions with transformative outcomes for industry, communities and the environment.
We are developing new technologies and precision agriculture to boost agricultural production and reduce its environmental footprint to advance farm productivity needed to achieve food security for a global population expected to increase from 7.6 billion in 2018 to 9.8 billion by 2050.View
As many parts of the world face serious threat from water stress, our research provides valuable information and tools for governments, water management agencies and industries managing water in a changing and variable climate.View
To optimise environmental outcomes, our focus is on continual improvement of environmental water decisions by strengthening the quality of available information to support evidence-based decisions.View
Urban water infrastructure
From smarter delivery systems, to remediating and purifying wastewater and understanding the impacts of climate change and population growth on water supply – our research focus takes in the entire water cycle, providing effective, efficient infrastructure.View
Collaborate with us
We are client-focussed and collaborative – we work side-by-side with your leaders, engineers and scientists to develop solutions to your challenges.
From complex multi-partner research to student projects and internships, talk to us about your needs for:
- Emerging technologies
- Developing technology strategies
- Technical training
- Engineering customised solutions
- Teaming up with our students
- Creating a talent pipeline through student engagement
- Leveraging our state-of-the-art research facilities
What challenges do you have? Let us help you solve them.
Smart energy ideas and technology are helping to meet the growing demand for water.Water security
Improving the accuracy of water supply and demand forecasts to provide more precise water deliveries through Australia’s river systems is expected to add millions of dollars to the value of irrigated agriculture and to enhance environmental outcomes.News
Associate Professor Rory Nathan explains his work in assessing the risk of sewage spills for Melbourne's sewerage system.Water security
Victoria is launching a monitoring system to track the movement of COVID-19 in the state’s population by identifying the presence of the coronavirus in the sewerage system.Water security
University of Melbourne researchers have joined an international collaboration with Indian institutions to protect diminishing clean water supplies by harnessing new water sources that are currently only partially, or not at all, tapped.Water security
As the global population continually grows and a changing climate brings highly variable rainfall, pressure is building – both locally and internationally – to secure more reliable water supplies.Event
Aerial hyperspectral imaging and modelling techniques are being developed to help growers better evaluate stress on their crops.Water security
In many developing countries, improving access to water can be life-changing, particularly for women.FEATURE
With experience in both water policy and operations, Dr Sharon Davis is identifying opportunities and building capacity for Melbourne School of Engineering to partner with government and industry – for community benefit.FEATURE
Securing water supplies for towns and cities in the face of major bushfires could rely on the increased use of technology to more quickly identify fire events and increase the speed of response.News
Gravity has powered the distribution of water in agricultural districts for millennia. Enhanced by Australian innovations, several large-scale gravity-fed irrigation networks are now delivering water to farms more efficiently, leading to improved productivity of limited water resources.CASE STUDY
The death of up to a million fish on a stretch of the Darling River highlights the need for the full implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin PlanPursuit
Turning on the Wonthaggi water desalination plant now rather than later will save money in the long run and head off an emergency laterPursuit
Understanding the interaction between increasing rainfall and dry soil conditions can help us better plan for the consequences of climate changeNews
Good science is vital to rescuing the Basin, but the SA royal commission pushes the argument too far.News
After more than 100 years of degradation, a plan limiting and returning water to Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin is seeing positive resultsNews
Australian cities could easily find themselves running dry like Cape Town without proper planning; but we are already taking steps to keep the water runningNews
The first fresh-water wave tank of its kind in the world is being used to study how pancake ice forms and melts, and could inform how we better model our global climatePursuit
An expedition to the Antarctic explores where rogue waves begin, and what these monsters tell us about the way the ocean behaves and interacts with global climate changePursuit
The world is rushing towards a water crisis. The United Nations estimates more than 780 million people, 1 in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe drinking water.Pursuit
Water is life, the world’s most precious resource. Yet across rural Australia, irrigation systems covering an estimated 2.5 million hectares of land are in desperate need of modernisation. In the United States, the figure is 10 times as high.Pursuit
Bringing together thought leaders from academia, industry and government to provide evidence-based insights and raise the quality of debate around key issues in water security.
- Wednesday 12:00pm - 1:00pmUnintended Impacts of Poor Water Quality on Animal Health and ProductionWater Security Event
- WednesdayRecent changes in Victorian rainfall and runoff – findings and implicationsWater Security Event
- WednesdayChanging nature of water-energy: online panel discussionVideo of Water Security Event
- WednesdayCOVID-19 wastewater surveillance: an online panel discussionVideo of Water Security Event
- WednesdayAre our cities ready for a diversified water supply in future?Video of Water Security Event
- WednesdayGender equality in the water sectorVideo of Water Security Event
- TuesdayImpacts of recent bush fires on water resourcesVideo of Water Security Event
- WednesdayONE Basin Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) RoadshowVideo
- ThursdayEnvironmental Outcomes from the Basin PlanVideo of Water Security Event
- ThursdayRiver Murray System OperationsVideo of Water Security Event
- WednesdayContaminants of Emerging ConcernVideo of Water Security Event
- ThursdayThe Melbourne Region Healthy Waterways StrategyVideo of Water Security Event
- ThursdayReturning flow to the Murray DarlingVideo of Water Security Event
- ThursdayImplications for water storageVideo of Water Security Event
- ThursdayMurray-Darling TruthsVideo of Water Security Event