With over 30 years of experience in groundwater and environmental engineering investigations, Ian was responsible for the initial development of the electrical imaging method in the late 70's and has remained at the forefront of developments in this area.
Ian Acworth was the Gary Johnston Professor of Water Management, a joint Chair between the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the School of Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science.
He is the past Director (2006 - 2012) of the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre at UNSW and the Project Director for the DIISRTE Groundwater EIF project. He is also a CI for the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.
His research interests include:
- Investigation of groundwater dynamics and hydrochemical processes in the coastal zone
- Development of field instrumentation and analysis methods in groundwater studies
- Electrical methods in the investigation of groundwater and salinity
- Relationship between Palaeoclimate and dryland salinity