CWCL has three interrelated Research Themes:


Examples of work conducted under the Water Research Theme include:

  • Physical and statistical/stochastic hydrological modelling
  • Water resources management
  • Water supply system modelling, including optimisation of long-term water resource infrastructure plans
  • Water isotopes and tracers - water origin, age, and interaction with rocks, soils, sediment, contaminants
  • Water-energy-food security


Examples of work conducted under the Climate Research Theme include:

  • Using instrumental data, pre-instrumental (palaeo) data, and climate models to establish what is “normal” and what is “extreme"
  • Quantifying current and future risk of climate extremes (e.g. flood, drought, bushfire, storms, tropical cyclones, East Coast Lows etc.)
  • Quantifying and managing climate risks
  • Seasonal/interannual climate forecasting and development of climate scenarios for decades into the future
  • Climate communication and adaptation, including decision making under uncertainty
  • Increasing climate resilience by understanding and managing the relationships between climate and human health (both physical and mental health)


Examples of work conducted under the Land Research Theme include:

  • Using climate insights to ensure sustainable agriculture and other land use
  • Climate-smart agriculture
  • Mine and disturbed landscape rehabilitation
  • Sediment tracing and soil erosion modelling
  • Carbon, nutrient and sediment dynamics in semi-arid catchments
  • Changes to land use and land cover, and modelling/managing associated environmental impacts
  • GIS and Remote Sensing

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.