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Alice Sai Louie

PhD Candidate

22 November 2023

PMEG (University of Canterbury)
BSc (University of Canterbury)

· Assessing surface water - groundwater interaction in the Waikirikiri Selwyn River

Alice has a background in Engineering Geology having previously worked for a Geotechnical Engineering consultancy. She has returned to the University of Canterbury, where she previously gained a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology and Geography followed by a Professional Master of Engineering Geology, to research her true passion: groundwater. Alice also did a stint studying Hydrology and Water Resources remotely at IHE Delft, but due to covid lockdowns returned to Ōtautahi to continue her studies.

Alice’s current research focuses on surface water – groundwater interaction in braided rivers, with an aim to gain insight into how groundwater velocity vectors from alluvial river systems vary spatially and temporally. Her research will utilise heat as a tracer using novel Active-Distributed Temperature Sensing (A-DTS) methods. This study is part of an MBIE Endeavour Fund research programme on braided river research.

Alice is thrilled to have an excellent supervisory team comprising: Leanne Morgan, David Dempsey, Eddie Banks (Flinders University) and Scott Wilson (Lincoln Agritech).  

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