Adam Siade


  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


  • Ph.D. - 2012 - Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.Sc. - 2007 - Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S. - 2006 - Environmental Resources Engineering - Humboldt State University 

Teaching overview

Unit Coordinator

  • GEOS5501 - Groundwater Flow Modelling

Current projects

Securing the Future of our Groundwater Resources in the Face of Uncertainty

Our success with managing complex hydrogeological systems is predicated on our ability to make reliable predictions about future system behavior. A well-accepted method for making such predictions is through integrated hydrogeological modelling. Various entities, including the water utility and the state government of Western Australia, rely on model predictions to support important groundwater management decisions, such as allocation planning. However, to date, decisions are too often made with a single deterministic model simulation, ignoring the impacts of uncertainty associated with hydrologic properties and fluxes. This approach runs the risk of making poor decisions with adverse impacts on both our water supply and the environment.

This three-year project will focus on new technologies for hydrogeologic modelling and uncertainty quantification in an effort to improve water security in Western Australia and beyond. The project is a collaboration between UWA, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, and CSIRO. The primary objective is to revise the current regional groundwater model for the Perth metropolitan area, which includes model calibration and predictive uncertainty quantification. The results of the uncertainty assessment will provide valuable decision-support for resource management, helping to maintain a delicate balance between the demand for drinking water and the preservation of groundwater-dependent ecosystems.

Previous positions

  • 2010-2012 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Hydrologist, California Water Science Center
  • 2007-2012 Graduate Student (Ph.D.), University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2006-2007 Graduate Student (M.Sc.), University of California, Los Angeles


My primary research areas are focused around groundwater modelling, predictions, and management. I have been involved with the development of regional groundwater flow and transport models throughout Southern California, USA, and Western Australia. My specific research areas in groundwater modelling consist of model reduction, inverse modelling, predictive uncertainty, experimental design, and systems management.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Industry keywords

  • Environmental

Research expertise keywords

  • Groundwater Modelling
  • Hydrogeology
  • Model Calibration
  • Predictive Uncertainty
  • Data Worth
  • Model Reduction
  • Optimisation and Management
  • Experimental Design
  • Reactive Solute Transport
  • Environmental Tracers
  • Machine Learning
  • Surrogate Modelling


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