Professor Hector Malano

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: D323
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Climate change adaptation of water resource management (Scenario planning & hydro-economic analysis)
  • Urban water cycle modelling and management (Optimisation of multiple supplies and fit-for-purpose water use)
  • Water Resources Management (Water allocation, irrigation, environment)

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Research Interests
water resource management
water allocation
water management
conjunction management surface and ground water 

Hector graduated in Agricultural Engineering in 1973 at the National University of Cordoba, Argentina. In 1981 he was awarded a Masters degree in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering from Utah State University (USA) for research carried out into the behaviour of infiltration under surge flow hydraulics. He was subsequently awarded a PhD in Irrigation Engineering from the same university in 1985 for his research into two-dimensional numerical modelling of interceptor drains. In 2006, he was appointed Head of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Hector has conducted research on various aspects of water resources at three scales: (i) On-farm modelling of surface irrigation systems, (ii) Modelling of irrigation distribution networks; and (iii) water allocation between competing uses at the catchment level (iv) Management and modelling of the urban water cycle with special emphasis on complex systems.  This research focuses  on the design of evidence based planning policies for achieving fit-for-purpose utilisation of multiple sources and multiple demands of water.  

Hector has extensive involvement in international professional and research organisations. More recently, he concluded a 3-year term as Vice-President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. He has consulted for several international organisations including the World Bank, AusAID and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

Hector has authored and co-authored over 150 scientific papers on these topics. He is currently Chief Investigator of several research grants including Allocation Modelling in the Krishna Basin (India), Regional and Economic Benefits Through Smarter Irrigation (Hydraulic Modelling). He is the node coordinator of the CRC for Irrigation Futures and is involved in the CRC for eWater.

Departmental Research Group involvement:
Global research profiles:
ORCID: 0000-0001-6387-7078
ResearchID: F-1562-2015
Scopus Author ID: 6603386419

Recent publications

  1. Sapkota M, Arora M, Malano H, Moglia M, Sharma A, Pamminger F. Understandin the impact of hybrid water supply systems on wastewater and stormwater flows. RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 130. DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.11.025
  2. Delgoda D, Malano H, Saleem SK, Halgamuge M. A novel generic optimization method for irrigation scheduling under multiple objectives and multiple hierarchical layers in a canal network. ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES. Pergamon. 2017, Vol. 105. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2017.04.025
  3. Sapkota M, Arora M, Malano H. Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis for Hybrid Water Supply Systems. 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM). 2017.
  4. Rathnayaka K, Malano H, Arora M, George B, Maheepala S, Nawarathna B. Prediction of urban residential end-use water demands by integrating known and unknown water demand drivers at multiple scales I: Model development. RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 117. DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2016.11.014
  5. Rathnayaka K, Malano H, Arora M, George B, Maheepala S, Nawarathna B. Prediction of urban residential end-use water demands by integrating known and unknown water demand drivers at multiple scales II: Model application and validation. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 118. DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2016.11.015
  6. Kosovac A, Malano H, Davidson A, Cook J. The Varied Nature of Risk and Considerations for the Water Industry: A Review of the Literature. Environment and Natural Resources Research. Canadian Center of Science and Education. 2017, Vol. 7, Issue 2. DOI: 10.5539/enrr.v7n2p80
  7. Sapkota M, Arora M, Malano H, Moglia M, Sharma A, George B, Pamminger F. An Integrated Framework for Assessment of Hybrid Water Supply Systems. WATER. MDPI AG. 2016, Vol. 8, Issue 1. DOI: 10.3390/w8010004
  8. Arora M, Ngo T, Aye L, Malano H, Lade O. An Integrated Simulation and Visualisation Platform for the Design of Sustainable Urban Developments in a Peri-Urban Context. Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities. Hindawi Publishing Corp. 2016, Vol. 72. Editors: Maheshwari B, Singh VP, Thoradeniya B. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28112-4_34
  9. Rathnayaka K, Malano H, Arora M. Assessment of Sustainability of Urban Water Supply and Demand Management Options: A Comprehensive Approach. WATER. MDPI AG. 2016, Vol. 8, Issue 12. DOI: 10.3390/w8120595
  10. Delgoda D, Malano H, Saleem SK, Halgamuge M. Irrigation control based on model predictive control (MPC): Formulation of theory and validation using weather forecast data and AQUACROP model. ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 78. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.12.012
  11. Delgoda D, Saleem SK, Malano H, Halgamuge M. Root zone soil moisture prediction models based on system identification: Formulation of the theory and validation using field and AQUACROP data. AGRICULTURAL WATER MANAGEMENT. Elsevier. 2016, Vol. 163. DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2015.08.011
  12. Sapkota M, Arora M, Malano H, Moglia M, Sharma A, George B, Pamminger F. An Overview of Hybrid Water Supply Systems in the Context of Urban Water Management: Challenges and Opportunities. WATER. MDPI AG. 2015, Vol. 7, Issue 1. DOI: 10.3390/w7010153
  13. McMahon T, Malano H, Schultz B. Comment on the Reference to Makkink Potential Evaporation Equation. JOURNAL OF IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE ENGINEERING. ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers. 2015, Vol. 141, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000845
  14. Arora M, Malano H, Davidson A, Nelson R, George B. Interactions between centralized and decentralized water systems in urban context: A review. WILEY INTERDISCIPLINARY REVIEWS-WATER. 2015, Vol. 2, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1099
  15. Acharya S, George B, Aye L, Nair S, Nawarathna B, Malano H. Life Cycle Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Analysis of Groundwater-Based Irrigation Systems. IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE. John Wiley & Sons. 2015, Vol. 64, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1002/ird.1896

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