Cold water pollution (CWP) occurs when cold water is released from the bottom of large dam impoundments significantly lowering the natural temperature of rivers systems downstream from the dam. These releases of cold water can lower water temperatures by greater than 10 degrees Celsius and for upwards of 50 kilometres downstream of the dam wall.

The impacts of CWP on native freshwater fish species is poorly understood and is required to inform water release management strategies.

Projects in this area will investigate the thermal sensitivity and plasticity of metabolism and swimming performance of threatened fish species to temperature changes that occur as a result of CWP.

Supervisor: Professor Craig Franklin