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Details of Dr Cath Hughes   


Gender female
Job title Research scientist
Department Institute for Environmental Research
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Institute for Environmental Research Locked Bag 2001
Kirrawee DC
New South Wales
Regions Sea of Azov
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Degree PhD
Job type Research
Research Area(s) Marine and Coastal Engineering , Pollution , Marine and Coastal Engineering , Pollution
Research Activities Studying the fate of radioactivity in effluent discharged to the coast and in groundwater. Using stable isotopes to trace hydrological processes in rainfall and inland water bodies.
Research Region 71, 100, 84, 58, 95, 93, 94
Skills/Expertise Radioactive contaminant transport in sewer, coastal environment and groundwater. Stable water isotopes in the hydrological cycle. Use of artificial radioisotopes to trace sediment and contaminant transport in coastal and estuarine environments and in groundwater. Use of nucleonic gauges in sediment studies. Radioactive dose assessment for aquatic biota. Estuarine wetland & catchment hydrology.
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr Cath HUGHES)

Tadros, C.V., Hughes, C.E., Crawford, J.C., Hollins, S.E. and Chisari, R., 2014. Tritium in Australian precipitation: a 50 year record. Journal of Hydrology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.03.031.
D. I. Cendón, S. I. Hankin, J. P. Williams, M. Van der ley, M. Peterson, C. E. Hughes, K. Meredith, I. T. Graham,S. E. Hollins, V. Levchenko & R. Chisari (2014): Groundwater residence time in a dissected and weathered sandstone plateau: Kulnura?Mangrove Mountain aquifer, NSW, Australia, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08120099.2014.893628.
Crawford, J., Hughes, C.E. and Parkes, S.D. 2013. Is the isotopic composition of event based precipitation driven by moisture source or synoptic scale weather in the Sydney Basin, Australia? Journal of Hydrology. 507: 213-226. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.10.031.
Meredith, K., Hollins, S., Hughes, C., Cendón, D., Stone, D. 2013. The influence of groundwater/surface water exchange on stable water isotopic signatures along the Darling River, NSW, Australia. In: Ribeiro, L., Stigter, T.Y., Chambel, A., Condesso de Melo, M.T., Monteiro, J.P., Medeiros, A. (Eds.), Groundwater and Ecosystems (IAH - Selected Papers on Hydrogeology) CRC Press/Balkema, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 57-68. (ISBN: 978-1-138-00033-9).
Hughes, C.E. and Crawford, J. 2013. Spatial and temporal variation in precipitation isotopes in the Sydney Basin, Australia. Journal of Hydrology. 489: 42-55. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.02.036.
Cath Hughes. 2013. Radiotracers: Essential Nuclear Tools to Understand Oceans. IAEA Bulletin 54-3 Sept 2013, p. 7-8. http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Magazines/Bulletin/Bull543/54305610708.pdf.
Hughes, C.E. and Crawford, J., 2012. A new precipitation weighted method for determining the meteoric water line for hydrological applications demonstrated using Australian and global GNIP data. Journal of Hydrology. 464?465: 344?351. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.07.029.
Hughes, C.E., Stone, D.J.M., Gibson, J.J., Meredith, K.T., Sadek, M.A., Cendon, D.I., Hankin, S. I., Hollins, S.E., Morrison, T.N. 2012. Stable water isotope investigation of the Barwon-Darling River system, Australia. In Monitoring Isotopes in Rivers: Creation of the Global Network of Isotopes in Rivers (GNIR), IAEA-TECDOC-1673, IAEA, Vienna, p. 97-110. ISBN 978-92-0-126810-5.
Hughes, C.E., Cendón, D.I., Johansen, M.P., Meredith, K.T. 2011. Climate change and groundwater. In J.J.A. Jones (Ed) Sustaining Groundwater Resources. International Year of Planet Earth, Springer, Netherlands, 97-117, DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-3426-7_7. ISBN 978-90-481-3426-7.
Twining, J.R., Hughes, C.E., Harrison, J.J., Hankin, S., Crawford, J., Johansen, M. and Dyer, L. (2011). Biotic, temporal and spatial variability of tritium concentrations in transpirate samples collected in the vicinity of a near-surface low-level nuclear waste disposal site and nearby research reactor, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. 102: 551-558.
Hughes, C.E., Cendón, D.I., Harrison, J.J., Hankin, S.I., Johansen, M.P., Payne, T.E., Vine, M., Collins, R.N., Hoffmann, E.L., Loosz, T. 2010. Movement of a tritium plume in shallow groundwater at a legacy low level radioactive waste disposal site in eastern Australia. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. In press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2010.05.009.
Veliscek Carolan, J., Hughes, C.E and Hoffmann, E.L. 2009. Dose assessment for marine biota and humans from discharge of 131I to the marine environment and uptake by algae in Sydney, Australia, J. Environ. Radioact. In Press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2009.10.002.
Meredith, K.T., Hollins, S.E., Hughes, C.E., Cendon, D.I., Hankin, S. and Stone, D.J.M., 2009. Temporal variation in stable isotopes (18O and 2H) and major ion concentrations within the Darling River between Bourke and Wilcannia due to variable flows, saline groundwater influx and evaporation, Journal of Hydrology 378: 313-324. ISSN 0022-1694, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.09.036.
R.I. Acworth, C.E. Hughes & I.L. Turner 2007. A radioisotope tracer investigation to determine the direction of groundwater movement adjacent to a tidal creek during a spring and neap tides. Hydrogeology Journal, 15: 281?296. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10040-006-0085-5
C. E. Hughes, P. L. Airey, E. B. Duran, B. M. Miller and E. Sombrito 2004. Using radiotracer techniques for coastal hydrodynamic model evaluation. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 76: 195-206. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2004.03.026
Hughes, C.E., Kalma, J, Binning, P., Willgoose, G.R. and Vertzonis, M. 2001. Estimating evapotranspiration for a temperate salt marsh, Newcastle, Australia. Hydrological Processes. 15: 957-975. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hyp.189
Hughes, CE, Binning, P, Willgoose, GR. 1998. Characterisation of the hydrology of an estuarine wetland. Journal of Hydrology 211: 34-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0022-1694(98)00194-2
Payne, T.E., Harrison, J.J., Hughes, C.E., Johansen, M.P., Thiruvoth, S., Wilsher, K.L., Cendón, D.I., Hankin, S.I., Rowling, B. and Zawadski, A. 2013. Trench ?bathtubbing? and surface plutonium contamination at a legacy radioactive waste site. Environmental Science and Technology, 47 (33), 13284-93. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es403278r.
Airey, P., Hughes, C., Kluss, T., Duran, E., Miller, B., Chiuenta, S., Nielsen, A.F., Hollins, S. 2003. Evolving role of radiotracers in coastal zone studies. Applied Radiation and Isotopes 58: 401-406. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0969-8043(02)00320-2
Gibson J.J., Sadek M.A., Stone D.J.M., Hughes, C., Hankin, S., Cendon D.I. and Hollins, S.E. 2008. Evaporative isotope enrichment as a constraint on reach water balance along a dryland river. Isotopes in Environment and Health Studies. 44(1): 83-98. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10256010801887489.

Created: 2006-07-12 Last Updated: 2014-06-04 by Cath HUGHES