Welcome to the official website of the 9th International Water Resources Management Conference of International Association of Hydrological Sciences.
The conference will be held in Cairns, Australia from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 July 2020.
THE LOUCKS LECTURE
George Kuczera is Emeritus Professor at the University of Newcastle. He obtained his PhD from Harvard University in 1980 and spent 5 years in the water industry before joining the University of Newcastle in 1986. He has made significant contributions in the application of Bayesian methods to flood frequency analysis and calibration and testing of hydrologic models. For almost two decades he has served the water engineering profession in a number of roles culminating with significant contributions to the recent revision to Australian Rainfall and Runoff. His interest in water resource systems analysis took shape in 1989, when he spent a half-year sabbatical at Cornell University and was fortunate enough to spend time with Pete Loucks. So started a long-term interest in water resource systems with a focus on making systems analysis work in real-world systems. Initially he worked on refining network flow programming as a practical simulation tool for evaluating the drought security of urban bulk water systems. With advances in stochastic optimization and parallel computing, he sought to exploit the potential of multi-criterion optimization. A key feature of his work has been partnering with industry to ensure that outcomes meet industry needs this has helped foster an increasing acceptance of the optimization paradigm within the urban water industry in Australia.