Welcome and Introduction – Albert van Dijk


CUAHSI and the National Flood Interoperability Experiment

David Maidment, University of Texas at Austin, USA (abstract – presentation)


eartH2Observe: Global Earth Observation for Integrated Water Resource Assessment: current status and the road ahead

Jaap Schellekens, Deltares (abstract – presentation)


Water information in Australia: from research to use

Ian Prosser, Bureau of Meteorology (abstract) (cancelled)


Discussion and Introduction to Poster Session


Morning tea


Session 1a

Observing hydrology at different scales: needs and opportunities

Yebra, Rüdiger (chairs), Minchin, McCabe, B. Evans

session programme

Session 2

Advances in characterising errors in models and observations

Renzullo (chair), Draper, Holgate, Walker

session programme

Session 3

Water cycle processes in CABLE and other land surface models

Abramowitz (chair), Ukkola, Guan, Trudinger, Larsen

session programme  




Perspectives on Spatial Hydrology from Canada’s Changing Cold Regions Network – a sister GEWEX Regional Hydroclimate Project

Howard Wheater, University of Saskatchewan, Canada (abstract – presentation)


Session 1b

Observing hydrology at different scales: needs and

Yebra, Rüdiger (chairs), Sterk, Sperna-Weiland, De Jeu, McJannet

session programme

Session 4

Multi-objective data assimilation in hydrological

Renzullo (chair), Pauwels, Lopez-Lopez

session programme

Session 5a

Streamflow forecasting: from uncertainty to decision

Ryu (chair), Jakeman, Chiew, Peel

session programme


Afternoon tea


Session 1c

Observing hydrology at different scales: needs and opportunities

Yebra, Rüdiger (chairs), Cleverly, Dekker

session programme

Session 6

Attributing changes in natural hazards to climate and non-climate causes

Westra, Kiem (chairs), Sharples, J. Evans, Leonard

session programme

Session 5b

Streamflow forecasting: from uncertainty to decision

Ryu (chair), Tuteja, Wang

session programme


Closing the global water cycle: recent results from analyzing long-term Climate Data Records

Eric Wood, Princeton University, USA (abstract )


Workshop wrap-up


Session 1: Observing hydrology at different
scales: needs and opportunities

chairs: Marta Yebra (ANU), Chris Rüdiger

Session 1a (11:00-12:45)

Stuart Minchin (GA) invited

Satellite Water Observations through Space and Time: The Australian Geoscience Data Cube (presentation)

Matthew McCabe (KAUST) invited

UAVs in hydrology: opportunities (and some challenges) from a novices perspective (abstract – presentation)

Ben Evans (NCI) invited

Working with High Performance Datastes and Collections (presentation)

Session 1b (14:00-15:30)

Geert Sterk (Utrecht University)

Global data for local applications: how useful are global data for river basin modelling? (abstract – presentation)

Frederiek Sperna-Weiland (Deltares)

Global high-resolution reference potential evaporation (abstract – presentation)

Richard De Jeu (Transmissivity) invited

Soil moisture derivation using a combination of satellites (abstract – presentation)

David McJannet (CSIRO)

Intermediate scale soil moisture estimation using cosmic-ray soil moisture sensors: static and mobile opportunities (abstract – presentation)

Session 1c (16:00-17:30)

James Cleverly (UTS)

OzFlux and OzEWEX:  continental-scale monitoring of Australia’s ecosystems, their ecohydrology, and the productivity of their unique flora (abstract – presentation)

Arnold Dekker (CSIRO) invited

How you can influence national and international Earth Observation organisational frameworks for water resources, and vice versa (presentation)


Session 2: Advances in characterising errors
in models and observations

chair: Luigi Renzullo (CSIRO)


Clara Draper (NASA GSFC) invited

Estimating uncertainty in remotely sensed soil moisture at continental to global scales (abstract – presentation)

Chiara Holgate (VU University)

Performance of satellite remotely sensed and modelled soil moisture datasets across Australia and implications for data assimilation (abstract – presentation)

Jeffrey Walker (Monash) invited

On the use of single stations to validate models and remote sensing products (presentation)


Session 3: Water cycle processes in CABLE and
other land surface models

chair: Gab Abramowitz (UNSW)


Anna Ukkola (UNSW)

Evaluating land surface models during drought (abstract – presentation)

Huade Guan (Flinders) 

On the temperature function in Jarvis scheme of Noah land surface model (abstract – presentation)

Cathy Trudinger (CSIRO)

Modelling coupled drought response and root water uptake in the CABLE land surface scheme (abstract – presentation)

Joshua Larsen (UQ)

Groundwater and the changing water cycle (abstract – presentation)


Session 4: Multi-objective data assimilation
in hydrological modelling

chair: Luigi Renzullo (CSIRO)


Luigi Renzullo (CSIRO)

Multivariate-multiobjective equivalence from a Bayesian perspective of spatial data assimilation (abstract – presentation)

Valentijn Pauwels  (Monash) invited

Multiscale assimilation of remote sensing data into land surface models (abstract – presentation)

Patricia Lopez-Lopez (Utrecht University)

Joint assimilation of streamflow and downscaled satellite soil moisture observations to improve large-scale hydrological modelling (abstract – presentation)


Session 5: Streamflow forecasting: from uncertainty to decision

chair: Dongryeol Ryu (U Melbourne)

Session 5a (14:00-15:30)

Tony Jakeman (ANU) invited

Foundational methods for model identification and
uncertainty analysis (abstract – presentation)

Francis Chiew (CSIRO) invited

Predicting water futures: art, science or modelling
opinion? (abstract – presentation)

Murray Peel (U

Long-term streamflow projections: A summary of recent results from the Millennium Drought (abstract – presentation)

Session 5b (16:00-17:30)

QJ Wang (CSIRO) invited

Upskilling – Uncertainty reduction and representation in seasonal forecasting? (abstract – presentation)

Narendra Tuteja (BoM) invited

Seamless Water Forecasting for Australia – vision, progress-to-date and challenges  (presentation)


Session 6: Attributing changes in natural
hazards to climate and non-climate causes

chairs: Seth Westra (U Adelaide), Anthony Kiem
(Newcastle U)


Seth Westra (U Adelaide)

Introduction to the Special Issue: Historical and Projected Climatic Changes to Australian Natural Hazards (presentation)

Anthony Kiem (Newcastle U)

Droughts (presentation)

Jason Sharples (ADFA)

Bushfires (presentation)

Jason Evans (UNSW)

Storms (presentation)

Jason Evans (UNSW)

Heat waves (presentation)

Michael Leonard (U Adelaide)

Floods (presentation)

Seth Westra (U Adelaide)

Coastal Extremes (presentation)


“We need a unified approach to attributing changes in Australian natural hazards” – discuss


Poster Session

Kavina Shaanu Dayal (USQ)

Using Standardized Precipitation-Evapotranspiration Index for Quantification of Drought Events in Queensland, Australia (abstract) (poster)

Mehdi Khaki (Curtin U)

Developments in non-linear Kalman Ensemble and Particle Filtering techniques for hydrological data assimilation (abstract)

Xuanlong Ma (UTS)

Impacts of large-scale extreme hydroclimatic
variations on ecosystem function in Southeastern Australia (abstract)

Elizabeth McCarthy (USQ)

Modelling Climate Properties Using Intelligent
Machine Learning Models: Applications to Hydrology and Water Resources (abstract)

Sonya Wellby (ANU)

Observations and simulations of ENSO, the IPO,
and rainfall variability in eastern Australia (abstract)

Abbas Mohammadi (U Melbourne)

Evaluation of remotely sensed evapotranspiration products in Australian arid regions, Case study: Cooper Creek, Queensland (abstract)

David Summers (ANU)

Assimilating satellite surface observations of surface inundation, albedo and vegetation into the AWRA landscape hydrology
model (abstract)