About

The long road to JCU Cairns started with a PhD in Petrology at the University of Copenhagen, then via Big Oil in the North Sea, driving an Electron Microprobe in Sydney, mapping Antarctic mountains, and years of researching metals in mud, water and biota for environmental monitoring all over Northern Australia. At JCU my task is to develop new portable instruments for field-based analysis of stable isotopes (H, C, O) in water, soil and other environmental samples. This work includes building some world-first gadgets that help provide new insights into weighty questions about global water and carbon cycling.

Interests
Research
  • The use of stable isotopes in environmental science, for example to track water from rain through soil and river flow to freshwater plumes in the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon or to understand the CO2 emissions from plants and soil as part of the carbon cycle and how this contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The art of measuring metals and other elements at very low concentration levels in the marine environment and using stable lead isotopes to trace the dispersion of emissions from mining and smelting operations.
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Department of Industry, Innovation and Science - Smart Cities and Suburbs Program

Council improving the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef through the use of smart sensors and the IoT for urban water management

Indicative Funding
$305,613 over 2 years (administered by Cairns Regional Council)
Summary
The primary aim of this grant application is to bring smart city technology into urban water management to improve urban water quality discharging to the Great Barrier Reef by: 1). Developing IOT technology to manage large data sets obtained from existing smart meters and water quality monitoring probes to make effective management decisions; and 2) Supporting the development of new cost effective, real time water quality monitoring technology. This grant application is for purchase of commercially available water quality monitoring probes suitable for a tropical urban stormwater environment, for supporting the development of new real time monitoring technology for nutrients; for the development of data analysis tools using IOT technology for both smart meter water consumption data, sewer pump station overflow data and stormwater water quality data so that the data is available in real time and can be used for effective decision making.
Investigators
Wei Xiang, HanShe Lim and Niels Munksgaard in collaboration with Lynne Powell (College of Science & Engineering and Cairns City Council)
Keywords
IoT infrastructure; Smart water sensors; Real-time water quality monitoring; Great Barrier Reef water quality; Urban water management
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  • A Deeper Understanding of Isoscapes in the Tropics (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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