Research collaboration

Our Water Science team is a group of enthusiastic professionals working across a wide range of water science topics to deliver sustainable water management in NSW. Our team is experienced in:

  • freshwater and riparian ecology
  • hydrology
  • hydrogeology
  • geomorphology
  • water quality, and
  • science policy and planning.

The team is looking for researchers to collaborate on projects where we have limited capacity or capability. These projects are included in our Water Science Research Prospectus. They will help fill knowledge gaps, technical issues and other challenges in NSW water management.

Working with researchers from other government departments, agencies, universities and research institutions benefits Water Science by:

  • developing new ideas, tools and services
  • reducing our costs by sharing the benefits
  • gaining access to a broader range of research infrastructure, technology and equipment
  • expanding access to an extensive range of skilled and work-ready researchers
  • gaining access to national and international knowledge networks.

Collaborations with Water Science will benefit researchers from other organisations by:

  • giving them access to “real world” research and policy needs
  • providing an opportunity to have greater influence on environmental and social outcomes
  • giving them access to Water Science expertise, data and resources
  • facilitating more effective knowledge transfer.

Projects included in the Water Science Research Prospectus are outlined below. Further details on each project including purpose, location, timeframe and knowledge/skill requirements can be found on the project information sheet. If you are interested in a particular project please contact us via email:

Water Science may be able to support projects in a number of ways such as the provision of data, study site access, supervision/expertise and technical support.

Water Science Research Prospectus - available projects

Use of riffle and run habitat by native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin

Changes to flow rate and water level could affect the use of flowing habitat by native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin. Many fish species use flowing habitat for foraging and other important life stages. Unnatural changes in water levels and flows could affect how native fish use flowing habitat. Further information on this project is in the ‘Use of riffle and run habitat by native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin’ information sheet.

Spawning preferences and the effects of water extraction on the Eel-tailed Catfish

Change in water level could affect breeding success of the Eel-tailed Catfish. Unnatural changes in water level may be contributing to the decline of this species in the Murray-Darling Basin. Further information on this project is in the ‘Spawning preferences and the effects of water extraction on the Eel-tailed Catfish’ information sheet.

Database of ecological flow requirements

In NSW river catchments flow-response relationships of many aquatic biota are not well understood or documented. Further investigation will inform the monitoring and management of flows and extractions in rivers in NSW.  Further information on this project is in the ‘Database of ecological flow requirements’ information sheet.

Quantifying hyporheic flow at gauging stations

During periods of low flow hyporheic flow can account for a large part of the flow in a river channel. Yet, there is no method for measuring it. Quantifying the hyporheic flow at river gauging stations will complement surface flow measurements and increase our understanding of how rivers contribute to flows. Further information on this project is in the ‘Quantifying hyporheic flow at gauging stations’ information sheet.