International scientists share in WA’s groundwater expertise
Released 17 Sep 2013
WA's groundwater science expertise and management is on show as more than 500 hydrogeologists from around the world have converged in Perth for the 40th International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Congress.
Department of Water Director General Maree De Lacey said the visiting water experts are keen to see WA's groundwater science up close and field trips to the Gnangara groundwater areas are fully booked.
"Groundwater accounts on average for about three quarters of all the water the government licences for use in Western Australia," Ms De Lacey said.
"Because of the significance of groundwater to our water supply, the government has invested heavily in continually improving knowledge about our groundwater systems and how they work.
"The work we have done to understand the complex connection between the various layers of our aquifer systems, including detailed hydrogeological modelling, has been acknowledged by the National Water Commission as world leading.
"The 2013 IAH Congress gives our scientists the opportunity to share this work, as well as learn from others on how they are meeting their groundwater challenges in response to population growth, economic development and a changing climate."
Ms De Lacey said the visiting scientists would be taken on organised field trips showcasing government work in understanding and managing the Gnangara groundwater system.
"These scientists will get to view first-hand the results of our ongoing program of bore monitoring, wetland measurement, drilling investigations, aerial electro-magnetic surveys and scientific computer modelling that allow us to understand how groundwater systems operate and respond to management challenges.
"They will also see and hear from the Water Corporation and the Department of Water about the development of the State's first groundwater replenishment scheme and the science and regulation underpinning it.
"The department will also share experiences about its exciting $25.3 million Royalties for Regions funded groundwater investigations and water resource assessments taking place in priority areas from the state's South Coast to the Kimberley.
"New knowledge through this work will enable additional productive use to be made of the State's groundwater resources.
"By sharing our knowledge and expertise with others, we are helping develop world best practices that will in turn help us to continually improve the way we manage and use groundwater."
The 40th International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Congress is being held at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre this week.
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