Associate Professor Earl Bardsley
Qualifications: BSc(Hons) Otago MSc Otago PhD Otago
I have been recently involved with work following from my proposal to use Lake Onslow (Central Otago) for energy storage by way of a large pumped storage scheme. Subject to a preliminary study, the New Zealand government has allocated $70 million for a detailed site investigation. This $4 billion project has the capability to provide buffer against dry years for a transformed electricity-based economy with reduced emissions from transport and industrial heating. At the same time, the scheme will enable 100% renewable electricity, with constrained electricity prices, by 2030. If constructed, the Onslow scheme would represent a significant contribution by the University of Waikato toward reducing New Zealand’s non-agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
PhD (chief supervisor)
- Karaminik, Yasaman (in progress).Otago irrigation and environmental developments from Onslow pumped storage.
- Taylor, Malcolm (in progress). An investigation into a potential early warning system for low flows in the Clutha River.
- Majeed, Mohammed (2019). Evaluating the potential for a multi-use seasonal pumped storage scheme in New Zealand's South Island.
- Shokri, Ali (2016). Developing groundwater and surface water interaction methods for complex hydrological systems.
- Vetrova, Varvara (2016). Selected data exploration methods in hydroclimatology.
- Purdie, Jennifer (2007). Seasonal inflow forecasting of New Zealand's South Island hydro lakes.
- Brown, Edmund (2002). Evaluating the potential of constructed groundwater systems to improve the water supply operations of Auckland City, New Zealand.
MSc (chief supervisor)
- Waters, Amy (2019). Lake level forecasting for hydro power operation in the Clutha catchment.
- Hampton, George (2016). Evaluation of a proposed aquifer recharge system, Poverty Bay Flats.
- Qiao, Ying (2012). Detecting signals of climatic shifts and land use change from precipitation and river discharge variations: the Whanganui and Waikato catchments.
- Hopkirk, Carrie (2011). Forecasting Lake Waikaremoana water availability for hydro power.
- Vavae, Hillia (2008). A simple forecasting scheme for predicting low rainfalls in Funafuti, Tuvalu.
- Jelley, Neil (2007). Forecasting seasonal drawdowns in Whangamata town supply wells.
- Bear, Sarah (2005). Hydrological evaluation of pumped storage in the Onslow-Manorburn basin.
- Kerr, Justin (2004). Assessing the hydrological implications of the Wilsonville quarry expansion at Hikurangi, Northland.
- Bigham, Aiden (2003). A feasibility study on deep well injection as a means of disposing Kawerau effluent.
- Campbell, Amy (2002). Efficiency evaluation for the Waitaki hydropower scheme.
- Nalder, Guinevere (2006). Submerged thin plate weirs with unequal upstream and downstream beds.
- Johnstone, Sarah (2009). Forecasting seasonal inflows into Lake Taupo, North Island, New Zealand.
- Interaction of pumped storage and river hydrology.
- Data-based hydroclimatic forecasting.
- Developing stochastic and deterministic models of maximum simplicity.
A listing of published papers can be found in the Orcid link here.
The bounded inverse Weibull distribution: An extreme value alternative for application to annual maxima?
Watershed Ecology and the Environment v.3, p.57-63. 2021
What potential is there for pumped storage in New Zealand?
International Water Power & Dam Construction 12 Feb 2021 (Editorial)
- Meridian Energy Senior Research Fellow, 2000-2005
- Distinguished Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 2011
- New Zealand Hydrological Society Award For Outstanding Achievement, 2011
Climate; Environmental Change; Environmental Risks; Environmental Science and Technology; Natural Resources; Resource Management
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