A quick reminder about an SSIT Technical meeting coming up this Thursday the 1st of August 2013 at 6.30pm. SSIT Australia Chair Adj Prof Philip Hall will talk on; Water Quality Management: The Case for Real Time Monitoring &Reporting. 
The talk will occur on Thursday the 1st of August 2013 from 6.30 to 7.30pm at the University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus, Alan Gilbert Lecture Theatre 103Further details on speaker and abstract below.

Location: University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus, Alan Gilbert Lecture Theatre 103, Corner Grattan & Barry Streets

Organised by: IEEE SSIT Chapter (and as part of preparation for an Oceanic Engineering Society chapter)


Despite significant advances in sensor and communication technologies, water quality monitoring (WQM) is still primarily undertaken through small-scale and single-application sampling and testing that is limited by the available techniques and only provides selective data for decision support tools. The effects of diffuse pollutants and their distribution within water bodies and transboundary river systems are, therefore, difficult to capture, as is determining the exact point and timing of their release into a defined “water system”. Improved data capture and timely analysis, enabled by innovative sensor technologies and communication networks, is an important aspect of compliance monitoring. This is particularly important for international and trans-border agreements where changes in water distribution, quality, and availability associated with regional climate variability are already creating challenges for future water, energy and food security. Therefore, by removing the long lead times between when the sample was taken to completion of sample testing and data analysis, it is not only possible to develop and implement an effective WQM network and management framework that provides for real time data capture and analysis, but one that also provides for flexible policy settings, an early warning and situation management capability, and opportunities for greater compliance in water resource management.


Presenter: Philip Hall is Adjunct Professor at the Centre of Excellence for Ecohydrology at The University of WA and an international adviser on practical strategies for emergency management and climate change adaptation. He has participated on UNESCO’s IOC/ICG/PTWS Working Groups for tsunami warning and disaster mitigation in the South West Pacific. He was consultant to the Australian Government on development and implementation of the Australian Tsunami Warning System.

For further information/ RSVP: Sophie McKenzie (sophie.mckenzie@deakin.edu.au)



Sophie McKenzie
Secretary, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology
email: sophie.mckenzie@deakin.edu.au 

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