David Penton has more than 10 years’ experience in environmental and water resource management on nationally and internationally significant projects. His focus is leading the development of software and models for research and consulting in water resource management and planning. David joined CSIRO in Canberra in 2005, after a role as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne.

David was a software architect and scrum master during the development of regulated river planning software, eWater Source, during its conception at CSIRO (2007-2012). eWater Source is Australia’s National Hydrological Modelling Platform, and is used by partners in over 100 applications across Australia and Asia.

David was a key developer of the River Murray Flood Inundation Model (RiM-FIM), which used a mixture of in-situ and remotely sensed data, to inform management options for basin planning in the Murray Darling Basin (2005-2008). He also led the activity to transition the Australian Water Resource Assessment (AWRA) from research to implementation in the Bureau of Meteorology (2013-2014).

More recently (2013- ), David has led the Koshi project in the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio. The Koshi project is an interdisciplinary project involving experts from climate science, hydrology, ecology and social science that aims to improve livelihood outcomes in Nepal and India. It hopes to improve livelihoods through targeted capacity development in water resource management and addressing key knowledge gaps.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    SDIP Koshi Project

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    Bachelor of Engineering (Software) with honours
    University of Melbourne

  • 2007

    Master of Engineering Science (Computer) by research
    University of Melbourne


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