Professor David Lockington

Chair & Professor in Hydrology

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 54054
+61 7 336 53619


Research Interests

  • Groundwater Hydrology
    Quantitative assessment of groundwater Hydrology.
  • Soil water hydrology.
    Quantitative dynamics of soil water movement.
  • Soil-plant-atmosphere water exchange.
  • Sustainable built environment.
    Quantitative assessment of water transport through the built environment including water sensitive urban design.


  • PhD, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Science, Griffith University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Guyot, Adrien, Gray, Michael, Riesenkamp, Michiel, Lockington, David and McGowan, Hamish (2016). Seasonal variability of turbulent fluxes over a vegetated subtropical coastal wetland measured by large aperture scintillometry and eddy covariance. In: EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, (). 17-22 April 2016.

  • Scheuermann, A, Gonzales, C., Fan, J., Braga, B., Baumgartl, T., Lockington, D., Schlaeger, S., Becker, R., Wagner, N. and Hubner, C. (2014). Spatial Time Domain Reflectometry (spatial TDR) in geo-environmental engineering. In: 2014 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium, SAS 2014 - Proceedings. 2014 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS), Queenstown, New Zealand, (237-241). 18-20 February 2014. doi:10.1109/SAS.2014.6798953

  • Guyot, Adrien, White, Amy, Vandegehuchte, Maurits, Steppe, Kathy and Lockington, David A. (2013). Atmosphere-Vegetation-Groundwater interactions: a case study in the context of the subtropical coastal sandy mass aquifers from Eastern Australia. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013, Vienna, Austria, (). 7-12 April 2013.

  • Vandegehuchte, Maurits, Guyot, Adrien, Lockington, David and Steppe, Kathy (2013). Stem diameter variation: endogenous regulation versus environmental dynamics and its implication for functional modelling. In: Risto Sievänen, Eero Nikinmaa, Christophe Godin, Anna Lintunen and Pekka Nygren, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Functional-Structural Plant Models. 7th International Conference on Functional-Structural Plant Models (FSPM 2013), Saariselkä, Finland, (153-155). 9-14 June 2013.

  • Guyot, Adrien, Ostergaard, Kasper, Lenkopane, Mothei, Fan, Junliang and Lockington, David A. (2011). A method to improve tree water use estimates by distinguishing sapwood from heartwood using Electrical Resistivity Tomography. In: American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francicso, United States, (). 5-9 December 2011.

  • Laursen, R. K., Gibbes, B., Grinham, A., Gale, D., Udy, J. and Lockington, D. (2011). Effects of large water level fluctuations on water quality in subtropical reservoirs. In: Eric M. Valentine, Proceedings of the 34th IAHR World Congress. 34th IAHR World Congress, 33rd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium and 10th Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering, Brisbane, Australia, (3215-3222). 26 June - 1 July 2011.

  • Reading, Lucy, Lockington, David A., Bristow, Keith L. and Baumgartl, Thomas (2010). Impacts of sodic soil amelioration on deep drainage. In: Robert Gilkes and Nattaporn Prakongkep, 19th World Congress of Soil Science 2010. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Brisbane, Australia, (772-775). 1-6 August 2010.

  • Poh, Seng-Chee, Gasparon, Massimo and Lockington, David (2010). Tracing temporal variability of groundwater fluxes in tidal wetlands using radon isotopes and electrical conductivity. In: Groundwater 2010: The Challenge of Sustainable Management, Canberra, ACT, Australia, (). 31 October-4 November 2010.

  • Reading, L., Lockington, D., Bristow, K. and Baumgartl, T. (2009). An analysis of the impacts of sodic soil hydraulic conductivity on deep drainage and groundwater recharge using the HYDRUS model. In: SAO/NASA ADS Physics Abstract Service. American Geophysical Union (AGU) National Meetings, San Francisco, USA, (). December 2009.

  • Badin Gibbes, Barry, M.E., Collecutt, G.R., Lemckert, C.J., Udy, J. and Lockington, David A. (2009). Preliminary modeling of hydrodynamics of purified recycled water inputs to Lake Wivenhoe.. In: Anderssen, R.S., Braddock, R.D. and Newham, L.T.H., 18th Annual IMACS / MODSIM Congress. International congress on modeling and simulation. Interfacing Modelling and Simulation with Mathematical and Computational Sciences.. 18th World IMACS Congress, Cairns Australia, (4156-4162). 13-17 July 2009.

  • Reading, Lucy P., Lockington, David A., Bristow, Keith and Baumgartl, Thomas (2009). The effect of irrigation water salinity on the saturated hydraulic conductivity of sodic clay soils. In: ASA-CSSA-SSSA 2009 International Annual Meetings: Conference Proceedings. ASA, CSSA and SSSA Annual Meetings, Pittsburg, United States, (). 1-5 November 2009.

  • Gibbes, B., Robinson, C., Li, L. and Lockington, D. (2007). Measurement of hydrodynamics and pore water chemistry in intertidal groundwater systems. In: ICS 2007 Proceedings (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia). 9th International Coastal Symposium, Gold Coast , Australia, (884-894). 16-20 April, 2007.

  • Li, L., Clarke, W. P., Lockington, D. A. and Jeng, D.-S (2005). Assessing the effectiveness of new teaching methods in engineering education. In: David Radcliffe and Josh Humphries, 4th ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education. 4th ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Sydney, Australia, (1-6). 26-29 September 2005.

  • Kavanagh, Lydia J., Schianetz, Karin, Dalton, Gordon and Lockington, David A. (2005). Sustainability and engineering in the Australian tourism sector. In: Book of abstracts : 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, incorporating the 5th European Congress of Chemical Engineering. 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, incorporating the 5th European Congress of Chemical Engineering, Glasgow, (x-x). 10-14 July 2005.

  • Gibbes, B., Li, L. and Lockington, D. (2004). Flow systems within intertidal sandbanks and their implications for iron transport in Moreton Bay. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering. International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering (ICCEE-2004), Faculty Club (Gakushi-Kaikan), Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan, (129-138). 27 - 28 July, 2004.

  • Wong, L. T., Tan, H. L., Lockington, D. A., Clarke, W. P. and Day, R. A. (2003). The mobility of tributylin in dredged sediments. In: S H Chew, M I M Pinto, I Jefferson and Haji Faisai Ali, Proceedings of the International Conference on Geo-Environmental Engineering. Geo-Environmental Engineering, Singapore, (243-248). 9-10 December 2003.

  • Volker, Raymond E., Zhang, Qi and Lockington, David A. (2002). Numerical modelling of contaminant transport in coastal aquifers. In: Selected Papers of the MSSANZ/IMACS 13th Biennial Conference on Modelling and Simulation. MSSANZ/IMACS 13th Biennial Conference on Modelling and Simulation, Hamilton, New Zealand, (35-44). 6-9 December 1999. doi:10.1016/S0378-4754(01)00391-3

  • Lockington, D. A., Leech, C., Parlange, J-Y. and Dux, P. F. (2002). The Sorptivity Test and Predicting Resistance to Water Absorption in Concrete. In: Ravindra K Dhir, Peter C Hewlett and Laszlo J Csetenyi, Challenges of Concrete Construction. Challenges of Concrete Construction, Dundee, Scotland, (316-324). 5-11 September 2002.

  • Morris, P. H., Apelt, C. J. and Lockington, D. A. (2001). Modelling ocean disposal of dredged sediments using addams. In: Coasts and Ports 2001. The 15th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia, (435-440). 25-28 September 2001.

  • Imteaz, M. and Lockington, D. A. (2001). Modifications of TOPMODEL for the rainforest catchments of North Queensland. In: 13th Queensland Hydrology Symposium. Queensland Hydrology Symposium, University of Queensland, Brisbane, (). 6-7 November 2001.

  • Volker, R. E., Zhang, Q. and Lockington, D. A. (1999). Dispersion-based transport boundary condition in numerical modelling of density-dependent groundwater flow. In: Dr Walter Boughton, Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Water Resources & Environment Research. Water 99 Joint Congress, Brisbane, (785-790). 6-8 July 1999.

  • Volker, R. E., Lockington, D. A. and Zhang, Q. (1999). Simulation of contaminant transport in coastal aquifers. In: Lex Oxley and Frank Scrimgeour, Proceedings of International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Proceedings MODSIM '99, Hamilton, NZ, (13-18). 6-9 December 1999.

  • Volker R.E., Ataie-Ashtiani B. and Lockington D.A. (1997). Groundwater behaviour in tidal beaches. In: Groundwater: An Endangered Resource. Proceedings of the 1997 27th Congress of the International Association of Hydraulic Research, IAHR. Part C, San Francisco, CA, USA, (511-516). August 10, 1997-August 15, 1997.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision