Articles | Volume 374
Proc. IAHS, 374, 23–28, 2016
Proc. IAHS, 374, 23–28, 2016

  17 Oct 2016

17 Oct 2016

To what extent do they sway Australian water management decision making?

Maureen Papas

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Short summary
The reliability of freshwater resources has become highly unpredictable as consequences of climate change and increasingly frequent droughts. The role of science in decision-making points to the need to constantly improve our capabilities to forecast the availability of seasonal water. While science has a fundamental role to play in effective water resources management, the reality on the ground often diverges from the intended aim and does not always reflect efforts at reform.