Transitioning Drainage to Urban Water Cycle Management

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October 12, 2015

PC_SpectrumPresentation by Dr Peter Coombes on Monday 19 October at the Australian Rainfall and Runoff seminar at the UTS function centre in the UTS Building 10 (Level 10) in Ultimo.

This presentation discusses the need to transition the stormwater drainage components of Australian Rainfall and Runoff to accommodate contemporary and integrated approaches to urban water cycle management.  The process starts with the integration of land and water planning across time horizons and spatial scales. This guidance should encompass advances in urban water cycle management, and must be cognisant for the likely advances in science and professional practice over the next 30 years. An appropriate policy framework is also required that integrates land and water management with design processes at all spatial scales from local to regional and which also applies to urban renewal and asset renewal or replacement choices. Appropriate design methods for integrated solutions are likely to include the variability of real rainfall events by using continuous simulation, Monte Carlo frameworks and techniques that consider complete storms, frequency of rainfall volumes and the spatial variability of events.

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Dr Peter Coombes

Dr Coombes has spent more than 30 years dedicated to the development of systems understanding of the urban, rural and natural water cycles with a view to finding optimum solutions for the sustainable use of ecosystem services, provision of infrastructure and urban planning.

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