Articles | Volume 374
Proc. IAHS, 374, 69–73, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-374-69-2016
Proc. IAHS, 374, 69–73, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-374-69-2016

  17 Oct 2016

17 Oct 2016

Integrated water resource assessment for the Adelaide region, South Australia

James W. Cox1,3, Michele Akeroyd2, and Danielle P. Oliver2,4 James W. Cox et al.
  • 1South Australian Research and Development Institute, Adelaide, 5064, Australia
  • 2Goyder Institute for Water Research, Adelaide, 5001, Australia
  • 3The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, 5001, Australia
  • 4CSIRO Land and Water, Adelaide, 5064, Australia

Abstract. South Australia is the driest state in the driest inhabited country in the world, Australia. Consequently, water is one of South Australia's highest priorities. Focus on water research and sources of water in the state became more critical during the Millenium drought that occurred between 1997 and 2011. In response to increased concern about water sources the South Australian government established The Goyder Institute for Water Research – a partnership between the South Australian State Government, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Flinders University, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia. The Goyder Institute undertakes cutting-edge science to inform the development of innovative integrated water management strategies to ensure South Australia's ongoing water security and enhance the South Australian Government's capacity to develop and deliver science-based policy solutions in water management. This paper focuses on the integrated water resource assessment of the northern Adelaide region, including the key research investments in water and climate, and how this information is being utilised by decision makers in the region.

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Water research is one of South Australia's (SA's) highest priorities. Focus on water research became more critical during a drought that occurred between 1997 and 2011. Increased concern about water security for regional communities, industry and the environment led to the SA government establishing the Goyder Institute for Water Research to undertake cutting-edge science to inform the development of innovative integrated water management strategies to ensure SA's ongoing water security.