Queensland Water Modelling Network
The Queensland Water Modelling Network (QWMN) is improving the state’s capacity to model its surface water and groundwater resources and their quality. The QWMN provides the tools, information and collaborative platforms to support best-practice use of water models, and the uptake of their results by policy makers and natural resource managers. The QWMN delivers this through its research, development and innovation program; as well as focusing effort on building the capability of Queensland’s water modelling sector.
Since its establishment in 2017, the QWMN has initiated various collaborative projects, from cataloguing major water models used by Queensland Government through to improving integration between agricultural and water catchment models.
QWMN projects focus on:
- model integration
- model improvement
- model management
- building capacity and uptake
- communications and engagement.
- Build a state-wide network with national influence to deliver transformative change
- Foster integrated and scalable modelling to address water risks and opportunities
- Champion a community of practice to leverage expertise
- Encourage strategic co-investment and co-production in water modelling research, development and innovation
- Increase application of water modelling to inform decision-making.
- Model practitioners (government, research and private sectors)
- End users of model output (decision/policy makers, planners and investment programs)
- Enabling environment (universities, workplace capability and direction setters).
Research, Development and Innovation Program
QWMN projects address priority modelling needs identified through consultation with modelling groups within government, external partners and consultants.
The QWMN Research, Development and Innovation Strategy 2018–2020 (the strategy) identifies where the QWMN will focus effort to improve and integrate water modelling activity in Queensland. The strategy identifies priority models and regions; and outlines government research, development and innovation challenges in four key fields:
- climate change and variability
- landscape restoration and redesign
- water planning, integration and management
- model management.
In addition to investment in research, development and innovation, the QWMN is committed to building capability in Queensland’s water modelling sector. This is primarily delivered through the QWMN External Engagement Program a consortium of government and research organisations led by the International WaterCentre. A key component of this program is a community of practice which aims to foster greater collaboration amongst water modellers, users, decision makers and end-users of model output through events and activities. ;
The Department of Environment and Science is responsible for the coordination and governance of the QWMN in a partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.
A steering panel is responsible for guiding QWMN’s future direction and for the oversight and integration of its information and products. Technical working groups design and oversee projects in alignment with current priorities.
The QWMN seeks opportunities to collaborate with a range of organisations to generate ideas and propose solutions to challenges in Queensland water modelling.
For more information about the QWMN, or to find out how you can get involved, contact QWMN@des.qld.gov.au