Articles | Volume 374
Proc. IAHS, 374, 23–28, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-374-23-2016
Proc. IAHS, 374, 23–28, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-374-23-2016

  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.