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Dr Matthias Raiber

Senior Research Scientist


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Dr Raiber joined CSIRO in May 2013 after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) and Queensland University of Technology.

Prior to his postdoc, Dr Raiber completed a PhD in Melbourne in 2008 and worked as a Groundwater Scientist with a focus on isotope hydrology and 3D geological modelling at GNS Science (Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences) in New Zealand from 2008–2010.

Dr Raiber specialises in the development and application of workflows that integrate geological, geophysical, hydrogeological, isotope and hydrochemical information to improve the understanding of the connections between deep and shallow groundwater aquifers and surface water systems. This involves for example the assessment of how these connections change during periods of droughts and following flooding (e.g. in the Lockyer Valley in Qld).

He is a leading expert on the geology and hydrogeology of sedimentary basins including the Great Artesian Basin in Australia and has led the development and application of multi-disciplinary approaches in cumulative impact assessments to understand how coal- and coal seam gas bearing formations may be connected to shallow aquifers in projects such as the Bioregional Assessment, where he was deputy leader of the Clarence-Moreton Bioregional Assessment.

He has also designed and led multiple GISERA projects which aim at improving the knowledge on sedimentary basin hydrodynamics (including groundwater recharge and aquifer connectivity) in the Surat Basin in Qld and NSW to address community concerns.

In a recent collaboration with Geoscience Australia, he has led the assessment of recharge processes and flow dynamics using environmental tracers in the Great Artesian Basin, yielding insights into the spatial variability of recharge and connectivity processes in the GAB.

Current Roles

  • Project leader
    Leading CSIRO contribution to Geoscience Australia project "Darling River floodplain recharge assessment" (2022-2024)

  • Project leader
    Geochemical modelling and geophysical surveys to refine understanding of connectivity between coal seams and aquifers (2022-2024)

  • Project leader
    Assessment of recharge processes and flow dynamics in the Great Artesian Basin using environmental tracers (2021-2023)

  • Project leader
    Assessment of faults as potential hydraulic seal bypasses in the Pilliga Forest area (2019-2022)

  • Activity leader of hydrogeological conceptualisation
    Clarence-Moreton Bioregional Assessment (2013-2017)

  • Project deputy leader
    Clarence-Moreton Bioregional Assessment (2013-2017)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2009

    La Trobe University, Melbourne

  • 2003

    German Diploma
    University of Tuebingen, Germany

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-current

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Environment

  • 2013-2016

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2010-2013

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Queensland University of Technology & National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training

  • 2008-2010

    Groundwater Scientist
    GNS Science, New Zealand

Achievements and Awards

  • 2021-2021

    Growing our Impact Award (Geological Bioregional Assessment)
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2018-2018

    CSIRO Chairman’s Medal
    CSIRO Land and Water

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