Catchment Solutions offers a unique service as one of the region’s only providers of skilled rainfall simulation data collection.
A rainfall simulator is an important tool for the study of runoff generation and soil loss in field conditions as well as under laboratory conditions. Simulated rain is used to increase understanding of a particular process of infiltration, runoff or erosion.
How it works
Rainfall simulators allow for the simulation and creation of rain events of known properties (e.g. intensity and duration), providing an opportunity for increased control over the many variables that govern natural rainfall. By delivering rainfall when and where it is required, and under the specific conditions of interest, it provides accurate and cost-effective information in a fraction of the time required for studies that rely on natural rainfall.
The data generated through rainfall simulation can be used for model calibration, studies of nutrient, sediment and pollutant movement, time-controlled and comparative assessment, and much more.
Understanding the implications of improved practices
Catchment Solutions works with many stakeholders across a range of projects and programs to improve agricultural practices and reduce their impacts on the land. While many of these activities yield impressive results in terms of productivity, soil health and other indicators, one important measure of success is the impact of runoff on surrounding waterways and, ultimately, the Great Barrier Reef.
Our unique rainfall simulation scenarios form a critical part of ongoing efforts to improve the understanding of the water quality implications of improved sugarcane farming practices in the Mackay Whitsunday region and beyond.