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 School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Discipline of 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 floods and droughts) as well as the 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 from the 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) 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 include:

  • 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 embankments and dams.
  • Groundwater modelling in mining sites to analyse the impacts on groundwater inflow.
  • Classification of agricultural land (Cadastral Survey).


Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Climate Change
  • Climate Risk
  • Climate adaptation
  • Coal Seam Gas
  • Drought
  • Extreme Events
  • Flood
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Geological modeling
  • Geology
  • Groundwater Modeling
  • Hydrogeology
  • Seepage Investigation
  • Seepage investigation

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
24/04/2017 - 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
5/06/2017 -  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)
Causal Academic 1/08/2015 - 30/11/2015
CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Casual Academic 1/08/2014 - 30/11/2014
CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1
The Univesrity of Newcastle
Casual Academic 1/08/2013 - 30/11/2013
CIVL3470 Contaminant Hydrogeology
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Tutor 14/08/2014 - 28/10/2014
CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Casual Academic 1/08/2016 - 30/11/2016
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (2 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 - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Brian Kelly, Anthony Kiem, Hedda Askland, Jane Rich, Emma Austin Uon, David Perkins
2011 Mokarram MM, Askarimarnani SS, Moezi AA, Hamzeh S, 'Land suitability evaluation using ordered weight averaging with fuzzy quantifier in Shavoor plain, Iran', Research on Crops, (2011)

Conference (7 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
2010 Askarimarnani S, Chitsazan M, Mirzaei Y, 'Groundwater resources assessment using numerical model in GMS at Firouzabad Plain', Abu Dhabi, UAE (2010)
DOI 10.3844/ajgsp.2010.21.26
2010 Askarimarnani S, Chitsazan M, Mirzaei Y, 'The study of vulnerability potential and analysis of parameters sensitivity at Firouzabad Plain¿s aquifer using DRASTIC Model in GIS Environment.', National Cartographic Center, Iran (2010)
2010 Askarimarnani S, Chitsazan M, Mirzaei Y, 'Determining optimization points for doing artificial recharge design at Firouzabad Plain by using GIS', Kermanshah, Iran. (2010)
2009 Askarimarnani S, Chitsazan M, Mirzaei Y, Sohrabi N, 'The study of qualitative and quantitative effects of drought in groundwater resources at Firouzabad Plain', Watershed Management Research Department of Isfahan, Iran (2009)
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Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Askarimarnani S, Environmental impacts of coal seam gas activities on groundwater resources, University of Newcastle Australia (2017)
2010 Askarimarnani S, Groundwater simulation of Firouzabad plain by using the Finite-difference numerical method, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz (2010)
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current2

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, Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL), University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Drought and Wellbeing in Australian Rural Communities: Implications for Improving Adaptive Capacity and Resilience to Drought Earth Sciences, Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL), University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 Honours Drought and myocardial infarction (heart attack) Medical Science, Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL), University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Iran, Islamic Republic of 4
Australia 3
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News

SURVEY - Drought and wellbeing

November 27, 2018

Drought affected rural residents are invited to participate in an online survey which will help inform programs and initiatives targeted at improving resilience to drought.

Capacity building in Pacific meteorology and climate change

August 6, 2018

A new collaboration between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and UON's Centre for Water, Climate and Land commenced in August 2018 to develop and provide short-term training courses in Pacific meteorology and climate change

Dr Sara Askarimarnani

Position

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
Phone (02) 4921 6861
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Office

Room G-106a
Building Earth Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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