Floodplain Restoration and Climate Change

There is a massive floodplain restoration effort underway across the Murray-Darling Basin involving the delivery of environmental water onto floodplains to restore their natural ecosystem function and biodiversity. However little consideration has been made of the effectiveness of this program under conditions of climate change and the potential contribution of the program to carbon sequestration. In this project, novel water quality and sediment monitoring systems developed by the KIT (Karlsruhe institute of Technology) supervisors will be deployed in a floodplain wetland on the Murray River. The project will examine how weather conditions (wind and solar radiation) interact with water regime to influence carbon cycling within the floodplain. The project will evaluate potential effects of climate change on wetland processes and the potential for carbon sequestration that might be achieved through floodplain restoration.

This is a joint PhD project with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.

Dr Michael Stewardson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He is involved with the Departmental Research Group in Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources.

Research activities

  • Processes of ecosystem and land use system change
  • Environmental health
  • Urban ecology and geochemistry
  • Aerosol mineralogy and chemistry
  • Freshwater biogeochemistry
  • Soil mineralogy and geochemistry
  • Habitat climatology
  • Concepts of monitoring systems

Marco Ghisalberti is in the Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources group in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering. His research is in the area of environmental fluid mechanics and ecohydraulics, with a focus on using experimental and numerical tools to understand flow, turbulence & transport in complex environmental systems, such as seagrass meadows, coral reefs, island wakes and porous media. 

Current research projects include: 
- Flow and mixing at the sediment-water interface 
- Sediment transport in aquatic ecosystems 

Research interests

Advanced Multi-Sensor Technologies for Effective Monitoring of Water Bodies SIGN-DYNAQUA

Pollutants at the interface of Water, Particles, and Sediments in Aquatic Environmental Systems

Water Quality and Pollutant Dynamics in the Three Gorges Reservoir on the Yangtze River, China