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The Australian Water Resources Assessment system

Australia needs up to date and comprehensive information of its precious water resources.  A key component of this technology is the Australian Water Resources Assessment system (AWRA).  Its purpose is to reconstruct, monitor, and ultimately forecast the continental water balance.
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Introduction?

The AWRA system produces readily interpretable water balance estimates that are used by the Bureau of Meteorology in producing the National Water Account as well as regular water resource assessments.  AWRA is further developed through the Water Information R&D Alliance between CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.

The current AWRA system version 0.5 includes a spatial landscape hydrology model (AWRA-L) that produces estimates of historic and current water storage in three soil layers, shallow groundwater and in streams, as well as the water flows from and into these stores (e.g. rainfall evapotranspiration, groundwater recharge, streamflow). Information is produced daily at a spatial resolution of 0.05 degrees (about 5 km) across the continent.  Via the links below, you can visualise and download water balance estimates from CSIRO's research version of the AWRA Landscape model.

Research is in full swing to further develop the AWRA system.  This includes the integration of models of other water cycle components, including more complex groundwater systems, regulated and unregulated rivers, and wetland and irrigation areas.  New on-ground and satellite observations are being integrated in AWRA through model-data fusion techniques.

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Access gridded daily AWRA outputs in one of several ways through our THREDDS server. 
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Background Reading

  • Technical Reports:
  • The Australian Water Resources Assessment System: Landscape Model (version 0.5) Technical Description. [external link]
  • The Australian Water Resources Assessment System: Landscape Model (version 0.5) Evaluation Against Observations. [external link]
  • Ongoing Research:
  • Water Information Research & Development Alliance: Annual Report. [external link]

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Acknowledgements

This work was completed as part of the Water Information Research and Development Alliance (WIRADA), a collaboration of CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.

 

Fast facts

  • AWRA will combine hydrological models of the landscape, groundwater systems, rivers, wetlands and irrigation areas
  • The system integrates measurements made on the ground and from satellites using model-data fusion methods
  • The Bureau of Meteorology uses AWRA in the production of the National Water Account and regular water resource assessments
  • The AWRA system is being developed through the Water Information R&D Alliance between CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology
  • You can visualise or download spatial landscape water balance estimates from CSIRO's research version of AWRA through this website

Contact Information

AWRA Research & Development

Dr Albert Van Dijk
Stream Leader:
Water Resources Assessment & Accounting
Water for a Healthy Country Flagship
Phone: 61 2 6246 5780
 

AWRA System Integration Project Leader

Mr Matthew Stenson
CSIRO Land and Water and
Water for a Healthy Country Flagship
Phone: 61 7 3833 5590
 

Lead Software Engineer

Mr Jamie Vleeshouwer
CSIRO Land and Water and
Water for a Healthy Country Flagship
Phone: 61 7 3833 5589