Dr Avril Horne

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: 410
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville


Dr Avril Horne is a water policy specialist, with a rare combination of experience across economics, hydrology and policy. With fifteen years’ experience across a range of interdisciplinary projects, she has spent time in consulting, government and academia. As Assistant Director in the water group at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, she was heavily involved in the development of the water trading rules for the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Avril returned to academia in 2014, and is currently working on projects developing tools and systems to assist efficient and adaptive environmental water management; allocation mechanisms and institutional arrangements for environmental water; and reallocation policies between water sectors. Avril is the lead editor for “Water for the Environment: from policy and science to implementation and management”, a book that includes contributions from over 50 leading scientists and practitioners internationally. Research interests - environmental water management and allocation - water resource management and policy - water allocation - tradeoff decisions in water resource management - water markets and trade

Recent publications

  1. Nathan, RJ.; Mcmahon, TA.; Peel, MC.; Horne, A. Assessing the degree of hydrologic stress due to climate change. Climatic Change. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-019-02497-4
  2. O’donnell, EL.; Horne, AC.; Godden, L.; Head, B. Cry me a river: building trust and maintaining legitimacy in environmental flows. Australasian Journal of Water Resources. Taylor & Francis Australasia. 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/13241583.2019.1586058
  3. Kaur, S.; Horne, AC.; Nathan, R.; Szemis, JM.; Gibson, L.; Costa, AM.; Webb, JA.; Stewardson, M. Examining Trade-Offs in Piggybacking Flow Events while Making Environmental Release Decisions in a River System. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. American Society of Civil Engineers. 2019, Vol. 145, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001048
  4. O'donnell, EL.; Garrick, DE.; Horne, AC. Reallocation through irrigation modernization: The ‘once-in-a-hundred-year’ opportunity of the North-South Pipeline, Australia. Water Security. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 6, pp. 100028-100028. DOI: 10.1016/j.wasec.2019.100028
  5. Meempatta, L.; Webb, AJ.; Horne, AC.; Keogh, LA.; Loch, A.; Stewardson, MJ. Reviewing the decision-making behavior of irrigators. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. WILEY. 2019. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1366
  6. Hart, B.; O'donnell, E.; Horne, A. Sustainable water resources development in northern Australia: the need for coordination, integration and representation. International Journal of Water Resources Development. ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD. 2019. DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2019.1578199
  7. Horne, AC.; Kaur, S.; Szemis, JM.; Costa, AM.; Nathan, R.; Webb, JA.; Stewardson, MJ.; Boland, N. Active Management of Environmental Water to Improve Ecological Outcomes. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 2018, Vol. 144, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000991
  8. Wang, J.; Nathan, R.; Horne, A. Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Environmental Outcomes in the Context of Natural Climate Variability. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 2018, Vol. 144, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001008
  9. Horne, AC.; O'donnell, EL.; Loch, AJ.; Adamson, DC.; Hart, B.; Freebairn, J. Environmental water efficiency: Maximizing benefits and minimizing costs of environmental water use and management. WILEY INTERDISCIPLINARY REVIEWS-WATER. WILEY. 2018, Vol. 5, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1285
  10. Horne, AC.; Szemis, JM.; Webb, JA.; Kaur, S.; Stewardson, MJ.; Bond, N.; Nathan, R. Informing Environmental Water Management Decisions: Using Conditional Probability Networks to Address the Information Needs of Planning and Implementation Cycles. Environmental Management. SPRINGER. 2018, Vol. 61, Issue 3, pp. 347-357. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-017-0874-8
  11. Arthington, A.; Bhaduri, A.; Bunn, S.; Jackson, S.; Tharme, R.; Tickner, D.; Young, B.; Acreman, M.; Baker, N.; Capon, S.; Horne, A.; Kendy, E.; Mcclain, M.; Poff, NL.; Richter, B.; Ward, S. The Brisbane Declaration and Global Action Agenda on Environmental Flows (2018). Frontiers in Environmental Science. Frontiers Media. 2018, Vol. 6, Issue JUL. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2018.00045
  12. Wang, J.; Horne, A.; Nathan, R.; Peel, M.; Neave, I. Vulnerability of Ecological Condition to the Sequencing of Wet and Dry Spells Prior to and during the Murray-Darling Basin Millennium Drought. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 2018, Vol. 144, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000963
  13. Kaur, S.; Horne, A.; Stewardson, MJ.; Nathan, R.; Costa, AM.; Szemis, JM.; Webb, JA. Challenges for determining frequency of high flow spells for varying thresholds in environmental flows programmes. Journal Ecohydraulics. Informa UK Limited. 2017, Vol. 2, Issue 1, pp. 28-37. DOI: 10.1080/24705357.2016.1276418
  14. Horne, A.; O'donnell, E.; Webb, JA.; Stewardson, M.; Acreman, M.; Richter, B. Chapter 1 - The Environmental Water Management Cycle. . Elsevier. 2017, pp. 3-16. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00001-2
  15. Stewardson, MJ.; Webb, JA.; Horne, A. ENVIRONMENTAL FLOWS AND ECO-HYDROLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS IN RIVERS. . ACADEMIC PRESS LTD-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, pp. 113-132. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-810523-8.00008-2
  16. Wang, J.; Nathan, R.; Horne, A.; Peel, MC.; Wei, Y.; Langford, J. Evaluating four downscaling methods for assessment of climate change impact on ecological indicators. Environmental Modelling & Software. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2017, Vol. 96, pp. 68-82. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.06.016
  17. Hart, BT.; Doolan, J.; Bunn, SE.; Horne, A.; Pollino, CA.; Rendell, R.; Webb, A. Future Challenges. . Elsevier. 2017, pp. 343-356. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-810523-8.00001-X
  18. Horne, AC.; Morris, CR.; Fowler, KJA.; Costelloe, JF.; Fletcher, TD. MANAGEMENT OPTIONS TO ADDRESS DIFFUSE CAUSES OF HYDROLOGIC ALTERATION. . ACADEMIC PRESS LTD-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, pp. 453-481. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00020-6
  19. Horne, AC.; O'donnell, EL.; Tharme, RE. MECHANISMS TO ALLOCATE ENVIRONMENTAL WATER. . ACADEMIC PRESS LTD-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, pp. 361-398. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00017-6
  20. Horne, AC.; O'donnell, EL.; Acreman, M.; Mcclain, ME.; Poff, NL.; Webb, JA.; Stewardson, MJ.; Bond, NR.; Richter, B.; Arthington, AH.; Tharme, RE.; Garrick, DE.; Daniell, KA.; Conallin, JC.; Thomas, GA.; Hart, BT. MOVING FORWARD: THE IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL WATER MANAGEMENT. . ACADEMIC PRESS LTD-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, pp. 649-673. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00027-9

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