The Waterway Ecosystem Group (WERG: see thewerg.org) at the University of Melbourne is led by Prof. Tim Fletcher & Assoc. Prof. Chris Walsh and comprises a team of around 30 researchers and postgrad students. The group’s research focusses on
- impacts of stormwater quality and hydrology on the flow regimes, water chemistry, geomorphology and aquatic ecology of urban streams,
- technologies for the treatment, flow-management and harvesting of urban stormwater,
- modelling of urban stormwater flow regimes, water quality and the impact of multiple-scale implementation of stormwater control measures.
The group’s beacon project is the Little Stringybark Creek project, which is a world-leading attempt at retrofitting an entire urban catchment using infiltration, biofiltration and stormwater harvesting technologies, applied across a range of scales.
In 2009 Fletcher was an Invited Professor at DEEP and has contributed to seminars and workshops of the OTHU since 2008 (he has also hosted >15 INSA research students at Melbourne). Tim Fletcher will oversee Post-doctorate with Gilsain Lipeme Kouyi on the modelling of water infiltration and nanoparticles transfers in infiltration systems and soils and on the development of INFILTRON-mod. Tim is currently hosting a 6-month sabbatical of Assoc. Prof. Gislain Lipeme Kouyi in Melbourne, Australia.
- Le Coustumer, S., Fletcher, T.D., Deletic, A., Barraud, S. and Lewis, J.F. 2009. Journal of hydrology. 376, 1 (2009), 16–23.
- Le Coustumer, S., Fletcher, T.D., Deletic, A., Barraud, S. and Poelsma, P. 2012. Water research. 46, 20 (2012), 6743–6752.
- Li, Y.L., Deletic, A., Alcazar, L., Bratieres, K., Fletcher, T.D. and McCarthy, D.T. 2012. Ecological Engineering. 49, (2012), 137–145.
- Marin, M., Lipeme Kouyi, G., Ross, A., Fletcher, T., Molle, P. and Chocat, B. 2013. NOVATECH 2013. (2013).
Team members involved in the project