Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources Group


Human use of water, land cover changes, urbanisation and climate change are leading to gross changes in the distribution of water within freshwater ecosystems worldwide.

The objective our ecohydrology research group is to:

  • better understand the ecological effects of altered water regimes in water-dependent ecosystems
  • use this knowledge to inform conservation and restoration of riverine environments.

The ecohydrology expertise of the Water Group centres on riverine systems both in temperate and arid zone environments. We have capacity for a taking a range of ecohydrological field measurements including:

  • remotely sensing surface waters using both airborne or satellite sensors
  • in-situ observation of riverine habitats using a full range of field measurement techniques including Acoustic Doppler Velocimetry, bathymetric survey and water chemistry
  • observations of the sediment and water flux through riverine environments at a range of spatial and temporal scales
  • assessment of groundwater-surface water exchange using remote sensing, water isotopes and observation bores.

The group also uses a broad range of analytical and modelling tools from two-dimensional hydrodynamic modelling of flow in natural channels to Bayesian statistical analysis of associations between hydrological and biological parameters. The group is pioneering use of epidemiological causal criteria to inform evidence-based modelling of human impacts in environmental systems.

Further Information

Prof Mike Stewardson

The Department of Infrastructure Engineering
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia

T: +61 3 8344 7750
F: +61 3 8344 6215