MUSIC Webinar Series

Tuesday 13 December 2016

A series of free webinars on water sensitive urban design using MUSIC, presented by industry experts.

Bioretention Modelling for Healthy Plants using MUSIC

Presenter: Dr Dale Browne, Senior Environmental Engineer, E2Designlab

Many Councils have recognised the potential benefits of trees and urban greening to improve amenity, mitigate urban heat island and also provide stormwater quality treatment. To this end, many Councils have established ambitious tree canopy cover targets. Water is essential for healthy plant growth and passive irrigation of trees through a water sensitive urban design approach can greatly increase the effectiveness of tree planting efforts. However, the behaviour and performance of passively irrigated tree pits relative to conventional trees is not yet well understood. In this webinar we will discuss the creative application of MUSIC to analyse soil moisture conditions and their implications for growing healthy trees. The learnings from our study will help Councils reach their canopy cover targets faster and more cost effectively.

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Dale is an Environmental Engineer specialising in Water Sensitive Urban Design. He has worked on numerous integrated water management strategies, and designed and delivered a variety of water sensitive urban assets including wetlands, rain gardens and stormwater harvesting schemes. He has also been involved in the development of MUSIC by eWater and MUSIC guidelines. Recently he has focussed on the multiple potential benefits of WSUD such as urban greening and flooding. Dale has a passion for the exploration of new approaches, models, and tools for understanding WSUD. Some of his current interests include improved methods for analysis of rainfall, wetland inundation patterns, bioretention soil moisture, and tools for economic assessment and asset management for WSUD.

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This is part of a series of free webinars on water sensitive urban design using MUSIC, presented by industry experts.