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Lectures and presentations hosted or presented by Waterways.

Waterways Postgraduate Student Conferences

The most recent Waterways Postgraduate Student Conference page is here. Go here for all past abstract books.

UC Connect: To swim or not to swim? That is the question...

Jenny Webster-Brown examines why there is concern about safe swimming in our freshwaters, what is being done about it, and what can be done to improve your chances of enjoying a refreshing dip without risking your health.

May 21, 2018

Alpine Hydrogeology: The Critical Role of Groundwater in Sourcing the Headwaters of the World

The 2018 Darcy Lecture, hosted by the Waterways Centre, Aqualinc, and the Royal Society
Presented by Masaki Hayashi, Ph.D.

Tuesday May 29, 2018
5:30 pm nibbles, tea/coffee
6 – 7 pm Presentation
C3 Lecture Theatre
University of Canterbury


"Towards a Water Data Infrastructure for New Zealand"

Tuesday and Wednesday April 10 and 11, 2018
ER140, University of Canterbury

An agenda for the workshop is attached here. Most workshop presentations can be viewed here.

The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Research ran a post-graduate course on “Data Integration to Support Water Modelling” taught by visiting Erskin Professor David Maidment of the University of Texas at Austin. The course culminated in a two-day workshop to explore how to build on the existing water data infrastructure, including the national synthesis of regional council water flow and quality data that underpins Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA), and NIWA’s Digital River Network of New Zealand. These two assets form a foundation of water data in time and space that supports the modelling of water flow and quality on a regional and potentially on a national basis.

Managing flooding; lessons from Hurricane Harvey and Christchurch

A public lecture presented by Erskine visiting Professor David Maidment, University of Texas at Austin, and Professor Tim Davies, University of Canterbury

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
6 pm – 8 pm
Bentley’s Bar,
University of Canterbury

Flooding is an age-old scourge of humanity and Texas and Canterbury are no strangers to floods.  In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas with storm rainfall exceeding 1000 mm over substantial areas, resulting in 80 lives lost and 136,000 homes flooded in Houston. 

David Maidment served in the Texas State Operations Center in Austin supporting the flood emergency response and will describe this eventful experience.  This includes using a new National Water Model of the United States to continuously simulate the flood and map its impact on the people of the region. 

Tim Davies is an expert on natural hazards and their impacts, and will outline the history of the Heathcote River in Christchurch, the flood management measures that have been implemented on it, and future prospects in the light of rising sea levels and increased urbanization of the catchment.


A Tale of Two Porosities: Exploring Why Contaminant Transport Doesn't Always Behave the Way It Should

The 2017 Darcy Lecture presented by Dr Kamini Singha

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
5:30 pm nibbles/tea/coffee
6:30 - 7:30 pm presentation
C3 Lecture Theatre
University of Canterbury

What if we couldn't drink the water?

Presented by Professor Jenny Webster-Brown
Director, Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, University of Canterbury and Lincoln University

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
University of Canterbury

View the You Tube recording of this lecture here.

Are we ignoring the cost of water in our food supply chains?

Professor Tony Allan, King’s College London

Thursday, June 27, 2013
University of Canterbury

The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management and Irrigation New Zealand hosted Professor Tony Allan on his visit to Christchurch. Recipient of the 2008 Stockholm Water Prize (the “Nobel Prize of Water”), Professor Allan developed the concept of virtual water to describe global stability in water dependent commodity trade.

A video recording of Professor Allan's presentation is available here for those with UC access (link to UC Echo Recording Centre, enter the portal, then click play). A powerpoint presentation copy is available to everyone here (PDF, 1.3 mb)