July 2021 Newsletter – Climate change edition

Climate change will affect the availability, quality and quantity of water for basic human needs, threatening the effective enjoyment of the human rights to water and sanitation for potentially billions of people. In this special addition we share resources and insights to help water manages respond to this most critical of challenges. Find out more



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Essential Water webinar – Irrigation

Wednesday, 26 May, 2021

Essential Water 

A Webinar series by ICE WaRM


The Essential Water webinars seek to introduce people to water science and management.  They are designed for a broad audience, including those involved in water policy or management but without technical expertise, those who wish to expand their knowledge to areas outside their expertise, young water professionals and members of the community wishing to understand water policy and making.

These webinars are an introductory refresher and partly an update on current thinking and practice on water management issues.

Seminar 3 – Irrigation, what is it’s future in a water scarce world?

Agriculture uses the major share (around 70%) of global freshwater resources.  But as demand for water and water scarcity increases, irrigation in agriculture is being questioned.  In many regions of the world, irrigation for food production is used inefficiently, leading to environmental degradation, overuse of groundwater, reduced river flows, and pollution.

Is irrigation part of the problem or part of the solution to food security?  What happens to the land if there is too much irrigation?  How can water use efficiency in irrigation be increased and is this the same as increased irrigation productivity?  What has Australia learnt from irrigating dry lands?  Can we offer countries facing water scarcity any helpful advice on efficient use of water in irrigation?  How has Australian irrigation technology assisted in Asia?

This webinar is an opportunity to hear from an Australian irrigation specialist with substantial experience in irrigation in Australia and in Asia.  There will also be an opportunity to have your questions about irrigation answered by an expert.

When: 2:00pm (AEDT) Thursday 10 June



Tony Oakes is a founder of Rubicon Water, where his management responsibilities include Network Control implementation and international business development. Tony has 30 years of experience in water system operation and management, computer system modelling and software design and application. Tony has a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Computer Simulation) from Swinburne University

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May newsletter

Catch up on water news from Australia and around the world in our latest newsletter.



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World Water Day 2021 – Valuing Water: panel discussion

Water means different things to different people in different settings. By understanding all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone.  Valuing water appropriately is key to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

To celebrate World Water Day 2021 ICEWaRM hosted a webinar panel discussion on the theme for this year Valuing Water. Our panelists, Assoc Prof Brad Moggridge (Indigenous Water Science Lead, University of Canberra), Dr Jane Doolan (Commissioner (Environment) with the Productivity Commission and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra) and Adj. Prof. Jeff Camkin (University of Western Australia Institute of Agriculture and Griffith University’s International Water Centre) shared their insights and answered a diverse range of questions on the many different values of water.


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February Newsletter

Catchup on ICE WaRM news and events in our latest newsletter, plus recent developments in water management, in Australia and around the world.


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Water Modelling training

In partnership with eWater, we are offering training in Australia’s leading water modelling tools.

MUSIC Fundamentals: 23-24 March 2021, cost $1,400 per person

MUSICX Transitioning Course: 29 March 2021 10:00am – 3:00pm, cost $400/person

Source Catchment Modelling: 30 March 2021, cost $500

Source River System Modelling: 31 March 2021, cost $400

Urban Developer in Source 5.0: Date TBA (contact – [email protected]), cost $300/person

Source Refresher – Advanced: Date TBA (contact – [email protected]), cost $400/person

Using Source with version control (git) – Advanced: Date TBA (contact – [email protected]), cost $700/person

To register, or find out more email [email protected] or call +61 2 6206 8637

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ICE WaRM has a new owner

Thursday, 6 August, 2020

ICE WaRM will continue its’ collaborative capacity development in water resources management for sustainability and economic development in collaboration with eWater Ltd., home of Australia’s National Hydrological Modelling Platforms.

“I am delighted that ICE WaRM’s 15 years of experience and our international connections will live on under this new arrangement,” said former Managing Director Darryl Day.

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Australian Water School has a new home

The Australian Water School has moved to Water Research Australia. Visit the new Australian Water School website.

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The Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust are hosting the water event of the year in Canberra on 22nd May 2020!

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Digital connection with the global water sector

Friday, 14 February, 2020

Climate change is influencing extreme weather events around the world, linking to extended drought periods, intensity of extreme rainfall leading to floods and harsher fire weather. Adaptation, building resilience, and meeting needs and expectations for clean food and liveability, requires global solutions and local adoption.

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