NCRIS Groundwater Infrastructure

What is NCRIS?

The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) is an Australian government program funding the development of scientific infrastructure. Since 2004, the Australian Government has invested over $2.5 billion to enable the Australian science community to develop critical infrastructure that will enable quality research for years to come.

The NCRIS set aside $15 million to develop a series of world-class groundwater infrastructure sites. This NCRIS Groundwater Infrastructure fund is administered by the Department of Education and managed by the University of New South Wales. 

The University of New South Wales is one of the NCGRT's university partners; this connection has highly beneficial, as while the NCRIS Groundwater Infrastructure fund is primarily for the construction of infrastructure, the NCGRT's funding is primarily to employ researchers. 

For this reason, there has been plenty of NCGRT research activity at the NCRIS Groundwater Infrastructure sites.

Why do we need groundwater research infrastructure?

Research into Australia’s groundwater systems has always been hampered by a lack of data. In other parts of the world, groundwater investigations have taken place at dedicated research sites, where detailed data has allowed significant breakthroughs.

Until now, Australia has not had research sites with the infrastructure necessary to obtain high-quality groundwater data. Australian researchers have usually had to rely on the limited information available from existing government infrastructure, such as bores managed by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The NCRIS Groundwater Infrastructure fund is building the infrastructure necessary to conduct a great variety of research, and these sites will provide data for many years to come, with a wide range of scientific outcomes.   

Where are the NCRIS Groundwater Infrastructure sites?

Several new research sites have been developed and are now providing highly detailed data. These main sites will be the focus of research into groundwater over the next few decades:

They are open to all researchers, and the NCGRT has been conducting research at all sites. 

Publications

Willunga
Ti Tree

A new groundwater database

To consolidate and make available the data collected with NCRIS Groundwater Infrastructure, approximately $950,000 of the fund was used to construct a database at The Australian National University to store, manage and provide access to the data taken from the sites.

More Information

For more information please contact:

  Mr Antonio Woo
  NCRIS Groundwater Infrastructure Project Manager
  P: 02 8071 9864
  E: a.woo@wrl.unsw.edu.au