Dr Matthias Raiber
This person does not currently hold a position at QUT.
BiographyI am a currently a postdoctoral research fellow at QUT and at the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) since 2010. Before commencing this position, I have completed my PhD in Melbourne in 2008 and then worked as an Isotope Hydrologist at GNS Science (Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences), Wellington, New Zealand from 2008-2010. Areas of expertise:
- Groundwater recharge estimation
- 3D geological modelling
- Isotope hydrology (stable isotopes: hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen and strontium. Radiogenic isotopes: tritium and radiocarbon)
- Multivariate Statistical Analysis and water chemistry baseline studies
- Sedimentary Basin Studies
Current research projects:
1). Assessment of water chemistry baseline and recharge processes of the Walloon Coal Measures in the Surat and Clarence-Moreton basins: In this research project, I am using a multivariate staistical analysis to identify different water chemistry groups within the Walloon Coal Measures that are indicative of different recharge processes, or interactions with other aquifers. Following this initial assessment, I have started collecting groundwater samples from the different groups for analysis of a range of isotopic (e.g. deuterium, D18O, 87Sr/86Sr, tritium and radiocarbon) and geochemical tracers to identify how and where the Walloon Coal Measures are recharged. For an effective management of groundwater extraction from the Walloon Coal Measures, understanding their water chemistry baseline and how they are recharged is essential.
2). Development of 3D geological model of the Clarence-Moreton Basin (sub-basin of the Great Artesian Basin) and the eastern part of the Surat Basin: development of a 3D hydrogeological model of the Queensland section of the CMB and the eastern part of the Surat Basin using GoCAD modelling software and integration of isotopic and hydrochemical data. Use of multivariate statistical techniques and integration of isotopes and water chemistry will help to assess interactions between aquifers and determine the water chemistry baseline of different aquifers. Prior to large-scale coal seam gas extraction it is essential to understand the existing hydrochemical character of the different aquifers and to establish any potential linkages.
3). Assessment of flood-related groundwater recharge in the Lockyer Valley: A detailed 3D lithological model framework was developed using GOCAD software to understand interactions between alluvial, volcanic and GAB aquifers and the spatial and temporal distribution of groundwater recharge to the alluvium of the Lockyer Valley.
4). Estimating groundwater recharge and residence time in a large sand-island aquifer system (led by Dr. Nina Welti, University of Queensland): This project will estimate the groundwater residence time and groundwater recharge rates in a deep sandy aquifer on North Stradbroke Island and compare traditional methods typically used in well-defined and separated systems.
Honours and Awards:
2007: GSA best poster award at the 21st Annual Victorian Universities Earth & Environmental Sciences Conference 2007.
2007: Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) travel scholarship for attendance of “Water-Rock Interactions” conference in Kunming/China
2005 – 2007: Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) postgraduate research award
2004 – 2007 : La Trobe University Postgraduate Research Scholarship
2004 – 2007 : International Postgraduate Research Award
3D geological modelling, Hydrogeochemistry, Isotope hydrology (stable and rediogenic)
Geology, Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- PhD (La Trobe University)
Professional memberships and associations
Des Owen (to be commenced in October 2012): Hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry of the eastern part of the Surat Basin in the Condamine catchment;
Clement Duvert, started in 2012. Topic: Multi-Scale Investigation of River – Alluvium – Bedrock Hydrological Interactions in a South-East Queensland Catchment Combining Hydrochemical and Isotopic Techniques;
Zhenjiao Jiang, started in 2011. Topic: Hydrological processes of Galilee and Eromanga basins and relation to hydraulic properties of aquifers, aquitards and coal seams;
Adam King, started in 2010. Topic: The Cressbrook Creek alluvial aquifer system, southeast Queensland: conceptual hydrogeological model, hydrological processes and response to flood events;
Claudio Enrique Moya, started in 2011. Topic: Subregional hydrogeology, stratigraphy and hydrochemistry of the Galilee and Eromanga basins: identification of aquifers, aquitards and coal seams;
Pavel Dvoracek (submitted in 2012): Hydrogeological model and groundwater monitoring in alluvial aquifers with ephemeral recharge and intensive irrigation: Laidley Creek catchment, Queensland, Australia.
- Raiber M, Cox M, Cendon D, Hartland A, (2012) Assessment of interaction between alluvial, volcanic and GAB aquifers using 3D visualisation and environmental tracers, Lockyer Valley, southeast Queensland, Australia, Presented at: International Geological Congress (34th) p1
- Cox M, James A, Raiber M, Taulis M, Hawke A, (2011) North Stradbroke Island 3D Hydrology: Groundwater systems overview, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 117 () p65
- Cox M, James A, Hawke A, Specht A, Raiber M, Taulis M, (2011) North Stradbroke Island 3D Hydrology : Surface water features, settings and groundwater links, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 117 () p47
- Raiber M, White P, Daughney C, Tschritter C, Davidson P, Bainbridge S, (2012) Three-dimensional geological modeling and multivariate statistical analysis of water chemistry data to analyse and visualise aquifer structure and groundwater composition in the Wairau Plain, Marlborough District, New Zealand, Journal of Hydrology, 436 - 437 () p13
- Raiber M, Webb J, (2006) Application of environmental isotopes to understand groundwater flow mechanisms in the basalt plains of western Victoria, Australia, Presented at: Joint Congress of the 9th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference and the 2nd Australasian Hydrogeology Research Conference p1
- Raiber M, Webb J, (2006) Geological evolution and tectonic controls of the Tertiary Streatham Basin, western Victoria, Australia, Presented at: Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2006 [18th Australian Geological Convention - GSA and 18th International Conference and Exhibition - ASEG] p1
- Raiber M, Webb J, Jacobsen G, Chisari R, Neklapilova B, (2007) Aquifer interactions and their impact on groundwater resources in the Basalt plains of Western Victoria, Australia, Water-Rock Interaction : Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction p985
- Raiber M, Webb J, (2008) Tectonic control of Tertiary deposition in the Streatham Deep-Lead System in western Victoria, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 55 (4) p493
- Raiber M, Webb J, Bennetts D, (2009) Strontium isotopes as tracers to delineate aquifer interactions and the influence of rainfall in the basalt plains of southeastern Australia, Journal of Hydrology, 367 (3 - 4) p188
- Daughney C, Raiber M, Moreau-Fournier M, Morgenstern U, van der Raaij R, (2012) Use of hierarchical cluster analysis to assess the representativeness of a baseline groundwater quality monitoring network: comparison of New Zealand's national and regional groundwater monitoring programs, Hydrogeology Journal, 20 (1) p185