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2013-08-20 10:28:15

Scientists have devised a better way to protect groundwater from acids, heavy metals and toxic chemicals, helping to secure the Earth’s main freshwater supply. The advance is a major step towards shielding groundwater from mining, industrial and domestic waste, all of which can contaminate the water for decades, rendering it unusable and undrinkable. A team led by Professor Derek Eamus at The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) and University of Technology...

2013-07-23 11:25:32

Water scientists are using heat to measure the extent to which some of Australia’s inland rivers and streams could dry up due to over-extraction of groundwater. During the Millennium Drought a number of rivers and streams in the Murray-Darling Basin dried up partly as a result of over-extraction from the aquifers that normally keep them flowing. In a bid to understand the problem better and to help federal and state water managers secure our water supplies, researchers...

2013-04-10 10:44:17

Australian scientists have devised a way to model polluted groundwater with computer simulation — and better protect the Earth´s main fresh water supply. Researchers at the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) have developed a new model to predict where — and how fast — polluted groundwater can move from a contaminated site, allowing water managers to better locate and clean up the water. This could help defeat an emerging threat beneath...

2013-01-14 10:32:05

Invading seawater threatens to pollute or destroy scores of Australia´s coastal water supplies, water scientists have warned. And in many urban areas, thousands of bore owners pump groundwater unabated, leading to potential “tragedy of the commons” situations. In a recent report on the risk of seawater intrusion into coastal aquifers, researchers at the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) and Geoscience Australia for the National Water...

2012-12-27 14:36:40

The discovery of ℠wonky holes´ — strange freshwater seeps resembling miniature volcanoes on the seafloor — is giving Australian water scientists important new insights into the nation´s groundwater resources, and how they may be used by coastal communities. Wonky holes — named by fishermen whose nets they snagged, threatening to capsize their boats — were first found in a 60 km-wide strip fringing the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) coastline. These...

2012-12-03 17:13:19

Sinking the local groundwater table by as little as 10 meters below the surface can kill an Australian landscape, researchers at the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) warned today. And in a groundbreaking advance, a team from NCGRT and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has come up with an early warning system that can potentially tell Australian groundwater managers and users when they are in danger of taking too much water away from the trees....

2012-11-26 14:16:53

Australia should prepare now for dry times ahead by ℠banking´ its water underground when rainfall is plentiful, according to an important new scientific study. "There is enormous national potential to store surplus water in aquifers, ensuring sufficient water is available for cities, homes, industry, farming and the environment when drought strikes", says researcher Andrew Ross of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT). “We need to start...

2012-05-02 09:49:47

There is potential to store large volumes of Australia´s precious fresh water underground, to offset climate change, avoid evaporation losses and meet national water needs into the future, leading water scientists say. Following a major national scientific workshop in Canberra last week, researchers in the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) say that managed aquifer recharge — the injection or infiltration of excess surface water into underground...

2012-02-13 13:14:18

In the heart of the Mojave Desert vast torrents of water flow freely in massive fountains, pirate lagoons, wave machines and casino waterfalls: the prodigality that characterizes Las Vegas is sucking America dry, says one of the world´s leading water authorities. The issue of overexploitation of precious groundwater resources in an arid land faces Australia too, cautions Robert Glennon, Professor of Law at the University of Arizona and author of the book Unquenchable: America´s...

2012-01-19 11:29:57

Four of the world´s leading authorities on global and regional water issues will gather in Sydney next week (Jan 23-27) to advise on Australia´s groundwater research and training needs. The four experts are members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of Australia´s National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NGCRT). “This is a critical time for groundwater,” says Centre Director Professor Craig Simmons. “Aquifers are being...


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