Linkage Projects - Grant ID: LP140100317 [ 2015-05-01 - 2019-07-05 ]

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Researchers: Prof Ian Cartwright (Chief Investigator) ,  A/Prof Adrian Werner (Chief Investigator) ,  Ms Wei Yan (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Dynamics and management of riverine freshwater lenses. Rivers are the main source of freshwater for many ecosystems in semi-arid zones. River water may seep into the floodplain aquifer, providing an accessible store of low-salinity water within freshwater lenses. The project aims to investigate lens dynamics using numerical groundwater models supported by extensive field data from the lower River Murray, where freshwater lenses are declining. The project aims to model lens extent, growth and decline in response to natural variations in climate and to changes in land use, river regulation and groundwater pumping. Project results intend to evaluate management options to promote freshwater lenses, with the aim of improving river salinity and floodplain vegetation health.

Funding Amount $294,000

Funding Scheme Linkage Projects

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