Environmental water

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.

We have experience in the policy, practice and science of environmental water as we work with the leading environmental water management agencies to provide tools for planning water delivery and to evaluate environmental outcomes.

Australia leads the world in environmental water management. Other nations are looking to Australian providers for insights into their own emerging flow programs and we are at the forefront of this work.

We undertake research and industry projects across the spectrum of water management issues, helping water managers develop decision-support tools and models for water-use strategies to achieve the best outcomes possible with the limited water available. Evidence-based decision making is an essential part of this process, taking into account alternative uses for the water and social expectations and allowing for a more targeted delivery of environmental water to achieve more with less.


  • Monitoring, evaluating and developing adaptive management strategies to optimise environmental water outcomes
  • Developing ecohydraulics – the physical effects of water on ecological responses
  • Modelling ecological responses to changing flow regimes
  • Optimising decision-making in environmental water management
  • Modelling physical habitats in flowing water environments
  • Evaluating fluid dynamics of near-shore marine environments
  • Using literature to improve evidence-based environmental management
  • Developing hyporheic processes in flowing water environments
  • Facilitating research through the Sexton Ecohydraulics Laboratory facilities

Theme leader

Dr Angus Webb
Flow-ecology modelling, monitoring and evaluation, evidence based practice, network ecology

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