There is growing interest in developing and allocating the water resources of tropical Australia. The big question is how much water can we extract for water development and how much do we need to retain to sustainably manage the ecological health of aquatic systems? This project derived a set of ‘rules’ for people managing tropical rivers to help them decide on how to allocate water to the environment.
Davies P.M., Naiman R.J., Warfe D.M., Pettit N.E., Arthington A.H., Bunn S.E. (2013). Flow–ecology relationships: closing the loop on effective environmental flows. Marine and Freshwater Research 65, 133-141. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF13110
Warfe, D., Pettit, N., Davies, P., Pusey, B., Hamilton, S., Kennard, M., . . . Halliday, I. (2011). The ‘wet–dry’ in the wet–dry tropics drives river ecosystem structure and processes in northern Australia. Freshwater Biology, 56(11), 2169-2195. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2427.2011.02660.x
Davies, P. (2010). Climate Change Implications for River Restoration in Global Biodiversity Hotspots. Restoration Ecology, 18(3), 261-268. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2009.00648.x
The project was led by Professor Peter Davies who worked with a team of other researchers from the University of Western Australia. Professor Davies was also supported by researchers from Charles Darwin University and Grifﬁth University as well as State and Territory agency representatives.
During the synthesis and adoption year from 2011-2012, Brad Pusey led this project to fruition with the development of the Northern Environmental Water Tool.