B Science (Hons 1) (Environmental Studies), PhD (Soil Science)
Dr Cara Beal is a Research Fellow at the Smart Water Research Centre at Griffith University.
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Dr Beal has active research interests in the field of environmental science and environmental engineering. Specifically her research covers topics such as water resource management (water end-use studies; urban, regional and remote water efficiency and water conservation behaviour; regional and remote water consumption and conservation), smart asset management (water infrastructure planning and optimisation; smart metering technology and “big data” analysis and management) and decentralised water systems (on-site wastewater treatment and management; rainwater harvesting; urine separation & reuse).
- Beal CD, Stewart, RA, Gardner, J, Fielding, K., Spinks, A., McCrae. R. (2013) Mind or machine? Examining the drivers of residential water end-use efficiency. Journal of the Australian Water Association, In press, April 2013.
- Beal, CD., and Stewart, RA. (2013). "Identifying Residential Water End-Uses Underpinning Peak Day and Peak Hour Demand." J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage., doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.000035.
- Bennett, C., Stewart, R. A., and Beal, C. D. (2012). "ANN-based residential water end-use demand forecasting model." Expert Systems with Applications, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eswa.2012.08.012.
- Beal, C.D., Stewart, R.A., Bertone, E (2012) Evaluating the energy and carbon reductions resulting from resource-efficient household stock. Energy and Buildings, 55: 422-432.
- Beal CD, Gardner, T., Sharma, A., Chong, M. (2012) A desktop analysis of potable water savings from internally plumbed rainwater tanks in south-east Queensland, Australia. Water Resources Management, 26 (6), 1577-1590, doi.org/10.1007/s11269-011-9973-0.
- Carragher, BJ., Stewart, RA., Beal, CD.,(2012) Quantifying the influence of residential water appliance efficiency on average day diurnal demand patterns at an end use level: A precursor to optimised water service infrastructure planning. Resour Conserv Recy (2012), 62, 81-90.
- Beal. C.D, Stewart, RA., Fielding, K. (2011) A novel mixed method smart metering approach to reconciling differences between perceived and actual residential end use water consumption. Journal of Cleaner Production, doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2011.09.007.
- Beal CD, Stewart, RA, Spinks, A., Fielding, K., (2011) Using smart meters to identify social and technological impacts on residential water consumption. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 11(5): 527-533.
- Makki, A., Stewart, RA., Panuwatwanich, K., Beal, C. (2011) Revealing the determinants of shower water end use consumption: enabling better targeted urban water conservation strategies. Journal of Cleaner Production, (doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2011.08.007).
- Talebpour, MR., Stewart, RA., Beal, C., Dowling, B., Sharma, A., Fane, S. (2011) Rainwater tank end usage and energy demand: a pilot study. Journal of the Australian Water Association, 38 (1), 85-89.
- Beal. C, Stewart, RA., Huang, TT., Rey, E. (2011) South East Queensland Residential End Use study. Journal of the Australian Water Association, 38 (1), 80-84.
- Beal, CD., Rassam, DW., Gardner, EA., Kirchhof, G., and Menzies, NW. (2008). Influence of hydraulic loading and effluent flux on surface surcharging in soil absorption systems. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 13, 681-692.
- Beal CD, Gardner T, Ahmed W, Walton C, Hamlyn-Harris D (2008) Urine-separation and reuse trial. Journal of the Australian Water Association 35 (1), 46-49.
- Beal, CD., Gardner, T., Kirchhof, G., and Menzies, NW. (2006). Long term flow rates and biomat zone hydrology in soil columns receiving septic tank effluent. Water Research, 40, 2327-2338.
- Beal CD, Gardner T, Rassam, D, Vieritz AM, Menzies NW (2006) Effluent flux prediction in variably saturated soil zones within a septic tank - soil absorption trench. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 44, 677-686.
- Beal CD, Gardner EA, Menzies NW (2005) Process, performance and pollution potential: A review of septic tank - soil absorption systems. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 43, 781- 802.
- Beal CD, Gardner EA, Christiansen C, Beavers P (2005) A review of on-site wastewater management practices in south-east Queensland. Journal of the Australian Water Association, 32 (4), 69-72.
- Beal CD, Gardner EA, Menzies NW (2005) Septic absorption trenches: are they sustainable? Journal of the Australian Water Association, 32 (1), 22-26.