Welcome to Australian Stream Management Conference
an event that brings together policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and consultants dedicated to investigating and managing stream ecosystems and their catchment in Australia.
This conference is organised by the River Basin Management Society, a member-based organisation established in 1986. It holds once in every two years and has established its status as one of the most distinguished in Australia. Every two years, over 150 delegates attend the conference with many contributing to the proceedings of the events with full papers.
The conference is all about sharing ideas and knowledge as well as presenting research and evidence of better practice. We consider it to be an avenue to raise new approaches that will improve stream management. At the conference, you will get to meet all the experts in stream management and other related fields, hear the talk, share ideas with them, and you can even find the collaborators you need for your next research project at the conference.
It is not merely an educational event but also a professional networking program where the best in the field of stream management come together in one venue to discuss challenges and propose new solutions.
This is a conference you cannot afford to miss for anything. At each conference, the organisers adopt an innovative and creative approach that will give attendees the best experience they can wish for. This experience is an immersive one which is accessible to all either virtually or in-person.
It is an opportunity for you to share and gain knowledge and learning in-stream and integrated catchment management while also providing a forum for experimental research findings, discussion, recent innovations, and emerging trends. Attending this conference will keep you abreast of all information about the stream and integrated catchment management field and equip you with the right knowledge to implement the best practices in your work areas.
The energy and mineral resources of Australia are a significant contributor to its wealth, and it is essential to understand these available resources in order to formulate sound policies about them. When it comes to the production of resource commodities, Australia possesses a significant advantage over many other countries. This is because it has diverse and rich energy and mineral endowment as well as high-quality regional-scale geoscience information which makes for less risky exploration, advanced mining, processing, and exploration activities, skilled workforce, relatively stable economy, favourable physical environment, low sovereign risk, and strong legislative framework.
Strategic planning focuses on establishing a plan to build the resources wealth of Australia and use it to maximise benefits from both energy and mineral resources now and in the future.
Groundwater refers to the water that is found under the soil; it is one of the most important sources of drinking water as well as irrigation of soil. It is found within the spaces and cracks in the sand, soil, and rock and it moves through the geological formation of sand, rocks and soil called aquifers. Water can move through aquifers because it is permeable due to the large connected spaces within them. Groundwater will move at different speeds, all depending on how vast the space that exists within the aquifers is. Groundwater is almost everywhere, but the depth of the table differs. While the water table is shallow in some areas, it is deep in others. It could also alternate from deep to shallow due to various factors.
Groundwater information covers all the information and advice needed by the Federal, States, and Territory Governments in Australia as well as the community, natural resources authorities, and all other relevant bodies on several issues bordering on groundwater resources.
National Surface Water
Surface water refers to any body of water that is found on the surface of the Earth. This includes oceans, rivers, lakes, and streams. It is typically any water above ground level and is a critical component of the water cycle, or as it is scientifically known, the hydrological cycle. This cycle involves the movement of water from and to the surface of the Earth. Surface water is usually fed by water runoff and precipitation while seepage of water into the ground and evaporation causes surface water bodies to lose water. In some way, surface water is the opposite of groundwater. In reality, they are actually reservoirs feeding each other, which means surface water can become groundwater when it seeps underneath the soil and groundwater to become surface when it comes out.
The national surface water information provides all the data needed to manage Australia’s water resources. Such data include the knowledge of the spatial locations, relationships, and characteristics of the man-made and natural surface water that makes up the hydrological system.
Topography refers to the features and forms of the land surface. Topographic information is used for multiple reasons depending on the purpose of the application. These include urban planning, emergency management, mining, surveying, and recreational uses.
Geoscience Australia developed Australian Exposure Information Platform as a free to use, web-based tool for people to create exposure reports across Australia. It was released in 2019 and allowed users to create the reports on demand regardless of the scalp or extent of such reports. It is an avenue for Australians to get nationally consistent and accurate exposure information. This is quite important for decision-makers in all sectors.
The Exposure information provides information on businesses, people, buildings, infrastructure assets, public facilities, agricultural commodities and environmental holdings. This makes it extremely useful for anyone in any sector.
There are a plethora of awareness and science education programs available for students. Geoscience Australia supports and partners with other organisations that provide learning opportunities for students where they familiarise themselves with the basics of geoscience and learn additional details that will prove useful to them in their classroom study and later in the future.
The student programs are class-specific with different programs available for various classes. These programs incorporate fun and practical experience into learning and give students the opportunity to see for themselves all the things they have only read about in the textbooks or seen on video.
There are also teachers’ programs organised by Geoscience Australia. Geoscience Australia understands that teachers play a significant role in the knowledge transfer and training better teachers is one of the ways to ensure a better experience for students learning about earth sciences and other related fields. Geoscience Australia hosts several earth science-related events and programs for teachers. All these initiatives focus on giving teachers the knowledge and skills needed to teach geoscience topics that are in the Australian National Curriculum, and extra efforts are placed on engaging girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.