The aim of this project was to start measuring and calculating the different elements of water budgets in three of the TRaCK focus catchments. To build a water budget we need to know how much water there is in the catchment, where it goes and when. Water budgets are a useful tool for catchment managers making decisions about water extraction. Water budgets also help us understand how aquatic systems are linked or isolated within a catchment and how other materials such as sediment and nutrients move through catchments.
The project was led by Richard Cresswell from the CSIRO.