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Dr Scott Rayburg

Senior Lecturer
PhD, SUNY Buffalo, United States; MSc, University of Wisconsin, Madison, United States; Bachelor of Arts, SUNY Buffalo, United States; Bachelor of Science, SUNY Buffalo, United States


Dr Scott Rayburg is a fluvial geomorphologist and hydrologist with expertise in catchment management, environmental flows, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, GIS, remote sensing and data analysis. Scott predominantly works in semi-arid environments and on rivers, lakes and wetlands. Scott's research focuses on diversity and complexity in physical systems and on applying multidisciplinary approaches (including physical, biological and social aspects) to solving scientific and natural resource management problems

Research interests

Sustainable Urban Water Systems; Water Resource Engineering; Urban Heat Islands; Urban Rivers; Urban Water Quality; Climate Change; Geomorphology; GIS; Remote Sensing; Wetlands; Soil Properties

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Changing climate: Topics are available to investigate how Australia's climate has changed in the recent past and how these changes provide insight into future rainfall patterns at the regional and global scale.

Urban Heat Island Effect: Topics are available on the causes and possible solutions to the Urban Heat Island effect in medim to large cities.

Urban river morphology: Topics are available to investigate how urban river form influences flooding, erosion and habitat. How can urban rivers be designed to enhance the benefits these systems provide to humans and the environment?

Water quality: Topics are available in relation to urban water quality and how effective river design and management can result in improved water quality outcomes.

Water resources: Topics are available to investigate how the provision of water for urban and rural use impacts on natural systems that also rely on the same water. How can we maximise the benefits of our limited water resources?

Water resources: Topics are available to investigate how Australian cities can improve their resilience to climate change by securing their water future in light of population growth and predicted future decreases in rainfall.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Water Resources Engineering - 400513
  • Surface Water Hydrology - 370704
  • Land Capability And Soil Productivity - 410601

Teaching areas

Sustainable Urban Water Systems;Water Resource Engineering


Also published as: Rayburg, Scott; Rayburg, S.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Tram journey GHG footprint *; iMOVECRC
  • 2017: Review of Stormwater Quality Improvement Device Evaluation Protocol (SQIDEP) *; Water Research Australia Limited

* Chief Investigator

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