Matthew Gibbs

Dr Matthew Gibbs

ARC Senior Research Associate

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


I am passionate about the interface between research and improved decision making for sustainable water resource management. My research at the University of Adelaide focuses on the development, improvement and application of methods in the fields of hydrology, hydraulics, environmental science and computer science.

I also have a role with the South Australian Department for Environment and Water to translate of these research outputs into decision making for water management, with a focus on issues related to the River Murray.

The focus of my research has been the development and application of improved techniques for making optimal decisions about the management of water resources when faced with scarcity, uncertain information and competing demands. This requires a multidisciplinary approach, often working in teams, and I have published in journals in categories including computer science, civil engineering, water resources, environmental science and freshwater biology. There is an important link across these categories, where I have developed and applied innovations in computer science to hydrological or hydraulic applications, where results are then evaluated for their benefit or impact to the freshwater environment.

Tools that I have been involved in the development of include:

  • a website with benchmark data sets and metrics for Input Variable Selection for machine learning. 
  •  a website for produce probabilistic predictions to represent uncertainty in hydrological models.
  • a R package to download and analyse SILO climate data.

 

Project title

Funding source

Principal investigator(s)

Other lead proponents

Income

(ex GST)

Status

Ecological connectivity of the Lower River Murray

Goyder Institute for Water Research

Kane Aldridge, Justin Brookes, Matt Gibbs (UofA)

Dirk Millants (CSIRO), Brenton Zampatti (SARDI), Nina Welti (CSIRO)

UofA:
$544, 345

Partners: $801,113

 (plus matching inkind)

Underway since 2017

Environmental outcomes of environmental water delivery in the Lower Murray, 2014-2019

Commonwealth Environmental Water Office

Qifeng Ye (SARDI) and Kane Aldridge (UofA)

Matt Gibbs (UofA), Brenton Zampatti (SARDI), Rod Oliver (CSIRO), Russ Shiel (UofA),

UofA: $766,766

Partners: $2,324,143

 

Underway since 2014

Improved modelling of the catchments and drainage network in the upper south east for management outcomes

Goyder Institute for Water Research

Matt Gibbs (UofA)

Holger Maier (UofA), Graeme Dandy (UofA)

$179,267
(plus matching inkind)

Completed 2012-2014

Development of decision support frameworks for water resource management in the South East 

Goyder Institute for Water Research

Holger Maier (UofA)

Matt Gibbs, Graeme Dandy (UofA)

$198,000
(plus matching inkind)

Completed 2011-2012

Hydrological Model of Drain L

Department for Environment water and Natural Resources

Matt Gibbs (UofA)

 

$62,500

Completed 2011

South East Water Science Review

Department for Environment Water and Natural Resources

Justin Brookes (UofA)

Matt Gibbs (UofA), Kane Aldridge (UofA), Paul Dalby, Darren Oemcke.

Uof A:
$300,000

Partners:
$140,000

Completed 2010

Surface Water Management Scoping Paper and Northern Catchments Flow Model

South East Natural Resources Management Board

Matt Gibbs (UofA)

Justin Brookes (UofA)

$69,865 ($38,110 in kind).

Completed 2010

Lake George and Drain M review

Department for Water

Justin Brookes (UofA)

Jason Nicol (SARDI), Ken Clarke (UofA) Matt Gibbs (UofA), Kane Aldridge (UofA)

$302,331

Completed 2012

 

Year  

Course  

Level  

Students   

Role

2007

EMA

3

125

Coordinated course and delivered all content

2008

EMMD

4

32

Delivered 3 lectures, ran tutorials

2008

CEE

1

132

Coordinated course, delivered water engineering component (4 weeks, 8 lectures and design project)

2008

EMA

3

86

Coordinated course and delivered all content

2009

CEE

1

197

Coordinated course, delivered water engineering component (4 weeks, 8 lectures and design project)

2009

EMA

2

162

Coordinated course, revised course materials and delivered all content

2009

EMA

3

99

Coordinated course, revised course materials and delivered all content

2010

Ehyd

3

92

Coordinated course and delivered all content

2011

CEE

1

177

Delivered water engineering component (4 weeks, 8 lectures and design project)

EMA = Engineering Modelling and Analysis

EMMD = Environmental Modelling, Management and Design

CEE = Civil and Environmental Engineering

EHyd = Engineering Hydrology

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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2017 External Supervisor Practical Impacts of Uncertainty Analysis on Decision Making in Water Resources and Environmental Modelling The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Anfiteatro, Gaetan, Mead, Mao
    2017 - 2017 External Supervisor Modelling salinity in river systems using hybrid process and data-driven models the university of adelaide Honours Jason Hunter
    2016 - 2016 External Supervisor Improved prediction of the impact of salt loads on salinity in the River Murray using hybrid artificial neural the University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Kikuchi-Miller, Foale, Grosvenor, Harders
    2015 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Assessing Sensitivity of Streamflow to Climate Variability based on the Strength of the Climate-Streamflow Relationship The University of Adelaide Master Full Time Alaa Al-Hasani
    2013 - 2013 External Supervisor A Hierarchy of Classification for the Regionalisation of Flow Duration Curves The university of adelaide Honours Full Time De Chellis, Evanochko, Laing, Riddell
    2010 - 2010 External Supervisor Optimal management of the Drains in the upper South East Region of South Australia The University of Adelaide Master Full Time Duc Hiep Nguyen
    2010 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Do conceptual rainfall runoff models reflect reality? the University of Adelaide Honours Oswald, Plottke, Stokes, Swanson
    2010 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Improved Methods for Flow Prediction in Ungauged Catchments the University of Adelaide Honours Johns, Panosot, Hochman, Tra
    2009 - 2009 Co-Supervisor A new approach to salinity Modelling for ungauged catchments the University of Adelaide Honours Coff, Ditty, Gee, Szemis
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Hydrological Society of South Australia Australia
  • Position: ARC Senior Research Associate
  • Phone: 83130515
  • Email: matthew.gibbs@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 2
  • Room: 2 31e
  • Org Unit: School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

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