Associate Professor Andrew Barton

A/Prof Barton conducts applied water resources engineering research to address issues in the water, hydro power and catchment management industries. This includes water entitlement and allocation frameworks (especially the ideological battleground between consumptive, environmental and recreational interests), the associated security of water supply for all users, and the potential impacts due to climate change and variability. He has particular experience with the operation of complex water supply systems and the design and administration of water sharing frameworks where he has led these activities through circumstances of extreme drought to flood. He also has a track record in hydraulics and fluid mechanics (experimental methods, numerical modelling, hydraulic roughness issues and biofouling), hydro-informatics (water supply system optimisation, ‘intelligent’ water systems) and integrated water cycle management. His research takes many forms and regularly incudes aspects of field work, laboratory measurements and prototype testing, as well as computer based simulation and analysis.

He is available to supervise HDR students on topics relating to:

  • Integrated water resource management, water sensitive urban design, water supply and drainage.
  • Eco-hydraulics, environmental hydrology and environmental flows.
  • Streamflow measurement, rating curves, monitoring, water data and hydro-informatics.
  • Water resource sharing, entitlement and allocation frameworks, water supply, water security, and climate impacts.
  • Experimental hydraulics and fluid mechanics.

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