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3D Aquifer Mapping Project

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is taking to the sky to understand our aquifers better, using the latest airborne electromagnetic survey technology (SkyTEM).

Helicopter new 150dpiAbout the 3D Aquifer Mapping Project

Water management is crucially important for the future of the Hawke’s Bay region. The more we know about our aquifers and how they are working, the better our decision making can be.

We’re the first Council in the country to use the latest airborne electromagnetic survey technology (SkyTEM), which will give us a look at our aquifers, deep underground where we’ve never seen before.

The results from the survey will be a big asset and freely shared and available to tangata whenua, other councils and community groups.

We are grateful to Lincoln Agritech and SkyTEM Australia for sharing their helicopter video footage and photographs with us.

Check out our daily flight plan

Helicopter flights start around 20th January and continue until the beginning of March. During the time, we will be updating this section daily with the proposed flight plan.

Watch this space!

What will we learn from this project?

The results of the 3D aquifer mapping project will give the Regional Council a view of our aquifers we’ve never had before. At the moment we are relying on records from drilling, which provides detailed information but in limited locations.

We will be able to improve the management of groundwater resources in our region. Groundwater is very much in demand, and supply is limited, so the results are going to help us manage that resource more effectively.

Effective management is especially important when you consider that the stress the aquifers are already under is very likely to intensify with climate change.

The information and the models that we develop will be publicly available.


Find out more about the project in this video

 Our thanks to Lincoln Agritech and SkyTEM Australia for sharing their SkyTEM helicopter footage.


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