The University of Newcastle, Australia

ARC Linkage Project funding success

Friday, 24 July 2015

Professor George Kuczera has been awarded more than $322,000 in ARC Linkage Project funding commencing in 2015 for his research project Optimal scheduling of urban bulk water systems under uncertainty.

Australian Research Council (ARC)

Partner Organisation: Sydney Catchment Authority

This project will develop a new optimisation framework for planning and operation of urban bulk water systems that incorporates flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances. Population growth in major Australian cities, coupled with a potentially drying climate, is putting pressure on existing water supply. To avoid the risk of overinvesting and losing future flexibility, water utilities have to develop plans for the future, a task made difficult by uncertainty about future climate and demand. The framework is intended to explicitly deal with uncertainty about future demand and climate change, to ensure that solutions can cope with plausible but unexpected futures. The project will apply this framework to the bulk water supply for Sydney.

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