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Ms Suzanne Witteveen

Ms Suzanne Witteveen Ms Suzanne Witteveen

PhD student

Topic: Characterising flow regimes of forested catchments under drought

University of Melbourne


To a hydrologist, the current ongoing drought conditions in Victoria beg the question: what impact is this having on streamflows? My research is looking at how forested catchment flow regimes, including low, high and seasonal flows, are affected by drought. By comparing the historical flows of different forest types, I hope to statistically present how different forest streamflows react to drought, and whether some maintain the vital intra-annual flows better than others. This research will relate surface flows to groundwater storage and tree-growth water use, and will provide information for both water resource and forest management uses.

I am based at the Melbourne University Parkville campus, and my supervisors are Patrick Lane and Leon Bren (Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne).

My prior work fields have been in catchment hydrology, salinity, and hydrogeology, in which I completed my honours thesis in 2002.