Dr Sara Askarimarnani

Dr Sara Askarimarnani

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Sara Askarimarnani is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL) within the in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Earth Sciences). Sara’s Postdoctoral research focuses on the statistical analysis of historic hydroclimatic variability in comparison to climate model outputs. Sara's research aims to improve the understanding the climate related impacts and risks (e.g flood and drought) as well as development of groundwater models that can realistically assess the impact of future climate scenarios on groundwater resources. 

Sara received a PhD degree in the field of Environmental Engineering at school of Engineering and Built Environment. Her PhD research assessed the potential for groundwater resource contamination due to coal seam gas (CSG) activities, and the inference of hydraulic fracture structures through single and multi-phase groundwater modelling. The modelling of a fractured coal seam was carried alongside an uncertainty analysis to improve the inference of subsurface properties. 

Her other qualifications include a BSc (Geology) and a MSc (Hydrogeology), for which she achieved the first in class rank in both degrees. Sara’s Master’s research (hydrogeology) was involved the development of a groundwater model in a highly exploited basin that has ~1000 extraction wells for agricultural purposes. The results provided key insights into the impacts of water extraction over the next decade in both drought and flood scenarios. 

Sara’s other areas of expertise including:

  • GIS and geo-statistical analysis.
  • 3D surface and underground geologic models/maps (e.g. structures, cross sections, fence diagrams).
  • Development of seepage models to assess the impacts of flood through an embankments and dams.
  • Groundwater modelling in mining sites to analyses their impacts on groundwater inflow.
  • Classification of agricultural land (cadastral survey).


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Geology (Hydrogeology), Shahid Chamran University of Ahwaz City - Iran

Keywords

  • Climate Risk
  • Climate adaptation
  • Coal Seam Gas
  • Drought
  • Extreme Events
  • Flood
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Geological modeling
  • Hydrogeology
  • Seepage Investigation
  • Seepage investigation
  • climate change

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
040399 Geology not elsewhere classified 20
040603 Hydrogeology 40
040104 Climate Change Processes 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Researcher University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/04/2017 - 19/10/2018 Research Assistant The University of Newcastle
Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL), School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
8/08/2012 - 2/02/2017 PhD researcher Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
School of Engineering
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/06/2017 -  Hydrogeologist GHD Pty Ltd. Environmental Consultants - Newcastle, NSW
Australia
1/04/2016 - 31/12/2016 GIS Technician and Mapping The University of Newcastle
Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL), School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Awards

Scholarship

Year Award
2012 University of Newcastle Research Scholarship Central (UNRSC50:50)
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Demonstration of soil and rock properties and their classification, analysis of geology maps, geology field excursion, drawing the cross section and profile of the underground geology structures
Casual Academic 1/08/2014 - 30/11/2014
CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Demonstration of soil and rock properties and their classification, analysis of geology maps, geology field excursion, drawing the cross section and profile of the underground geology structures
Causal Academic 1/08/2015 - 30/11/2015
CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Demonstration of soil and rock properties and their classification, analysis of geology maps, geology field excursion, drawing the cross section and profile of the underground geology structures
Casual Academic 1/08/2016 - 30/11/2016
CIVL3470 Contaminant Hydrogeology
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Computer lab teacher and demonstrator for groundwater modelling and contamination processes using GMS software
Tutor 1/08/2014 - 30/11/2014
CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1
The Univesrity of Newcastle
Demonstration of soil and rock properties and their classification, analysis of geology maps, geology field excursion, drawing the cross section and profile of the underground geology structures
Casual Academic 1/08/2013 - 30/11/2013
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Austin EK, Handley T, Kiem AS, Rich JL, Lewin TJ, Askland HH, et al., 'Drought-related stress among farmers: findings from the Australian Rural Mental Health Study.', The Medical journal of Australia, 209 159-165 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.5694/mja17.01200
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Jane Rich, Hedda Askland, David Perkins, Anthony Kiem, Terry Lewin, Brian Kelly, Emma Austin Uon

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Askarimarnani S, Willgoose G, 'Determining the hydraulic and fracture properties of the Coal Seam Gas well by numerical modelling and GLUE analysis', Vienna, Austria (2017)
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2015 Askarimarnani SS, Willgoose G, 'Inferring the shape of fractures and hydraulic properties of the coal seam using inverse modeling on pumping test results - broke, NSW, Australia', 7TH GROUNDWATER SYMPOSIUM OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR HYDRO-ENVIRONMENT ENGINEERING AND RESEARCH (IAHR), Perugia, ITALY (2015)
DOI 10.1016/j.proenv.2015.04.003
Citations Web of Science - 4
2014 Askarimarnani SS, Willgoose G, 'Using the DRASTIC model for determination of groundwater vulnerability in shallow aquifer in broke, NSW, Australia', Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium 2014, HWRS 2014 - Conference Proceedings (2014) [E1]

Increasing rates of surface pollution have negative influences on groundwater resources and this has caused concerns among hydrogeologists. Focusing on this issue, this paper pres... [more]

Increasing rates of surface pollution have negative influences on groundwater resources and this has caused concerns among hydrogeologists. Focusing on this issue, this paper presents an alluvial groundwater vulnerability map based on the DRASTIC model at potential coal seam gas sites in the Broke area, which is located in the Hunter Valley, in the northern part of the Sydney basin, in NSW, Australia. This method was developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for assessing and analysing groundwater vulnerability. The method has been named for the seven parameters that are considered in the method (depth to water table, recharge, aquifer media, soil media, topography, impact of vadose zone and hydraulic conductivity) to indicate the areas with the highest potential for groundwater pollution. A geographical information system (GIS) has been used to create and analyse the groundwater vulnerability maps. First the seven raster maps have been generated separately based on geology, hydrology and hydrogeologic data. After that, each parameter is rated on a scale from one to 10. A rating of 10 indicates a high pollution potential of the parameter for the study area. Then a weight is assigned to each parameter to express its relative importance. Finally all of the seven raster layers have been overlaid to show the area with the highest vulnerability.

Co-authors Garry Willgoose

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Askarimarnani S, Environmental impacts of coal seam gas activities on groundwater resources, University of Newcastle Australia (2017)
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Predicting groundwater recharge under climate variability using integrated modelling and isotope technique Earth Sciences, University of Newcastle Australia Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Project Collaboration - 'Myanmar Power Transmission and Distribution Improvement Project - Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment', Asian Development Bank (ADB) 2017


Project Collaboration - 'India: Madhya Pradesh Irrigation Efficiency Improvement Project - Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment', Technical report prepared for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 2017


Project Collaboration - 'Uzbekistan: Third Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor Road Investment Program - Upgrade of the 240 km section of the A380 highway in the Republic of Karakalpakstan - Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment', Technical report prepared for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 2017


Project Collaboration - 'Analysis of historical trends, variability and changes in hydroclimatic conditions for the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB)', Mekong River Commission (MRC) 2016 - 2017


Project Collaboration - 'Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) drought monitoring and forecasting system', Mekong River Commission (MRC) 2017 - 2018


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Dr Sara Askarimarnani

Positions

Postdoctoral Researcher
Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL)
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Postdoctoral Researcher
Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL)
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email s.askarimarnani@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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