Flash Floods Trap Cars
On 14 and 15 December a low-pressure system caused a heavy downpour in Melbourne and in towns to the north-east which left a hundred vehicles stranded in floodwaters on Hume Highway.
Man Dies After Record Rain From Owen
Extreme rainfall caused by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen caused severe flash flooding in north Queensland which resulted in the death of an 18-year-old man.
Far-North Queensland has seen more flooding this summer as a result of heavy rain.
Early Warning Network Data Breach
Australia’s Emergency Warning Network (EWN) was recently hacked, resulting in the delivery of an unauthorised message to thousands of users.
ACT Riverine Flood Maps Revision
The ACT Government is making efforts to implement best practice flood risk management with recent updates to Canberra’s riverine flood maps.
Warming Atmosphere Means More Flash Floods
The CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology have released their fifth biennial State of the Climate report.
Australian Tax Office (ATO) Flexible for Flooded Businesses
The Australian Tax Office has stated that it will assist small businesses in their tax affairs after being affected by a natural disaster. While tax issues are not a source of immediate stress during a disaster, it can add to the difficulty of recovering your business after the event. The ATO stated that if tax records have been destroyed, they will offer to help with their reconstruction, creating one less issue to deal with post-disaster (Read more here).[/su_spoiler]
Flood Mortalities on the Rise
Reinsurance companies Munich Re and Swiss Re have provided an analysis of disasters in 2018, highlighting the significant costs and mortalities from the year.
Role of Gender in Flood Response
New research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health investigated the differences in risk perception and subsequent action between genders in the event of a flood.
Young People at Risk during Floods
Recent research by the Environment Agency and the British Red Cross indicates that people aged between 18 and 34 are the most at risk in a flood.
Social Capital Mitigates Flood Impacts
New research investigated the role of social capital as a mitigating tool against the impact of natural disasters in a flood-prone community.
Serious Games for Flood Mitigation
New research published in Water highlights the application of Serious Games for flood mitigation in the village of Millbrook, UK.
Regions Either Getting Wetter or Drier
A new study published in Geophysical Research Letters indicates that regions of the world are becoming skewed towards being wetter or drier.
Spatial Variation in Sea Level Rise Explained
A new study led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and published in Nature explains why sea level rise is not spatially consistent along coasts.
Companies Ignore Climate Change Risk
A new study published in Nature Climate Change revealed that over 1,600 companies have not accurately characterised their climate change risk and management strategies.
Cloud-Based Flood Model
A cloud-based platform called Flood Cloud presents the next step in computational-intensive and cost-effective flood modelling.
Near-Real-Time Flood Forecasting
A new near-real-time flood forecasting approach has been made possible with the use of satellite precipitation products (SPPs).
River Levels Forecast Using Satellites
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have developed a new method which makes it possible to monitor water levels of complex river basins using satellite data.
Google AI Increasingly Accurate at Predicting Floods
Researchers from Google at the Israel Institute of Technology and Bar-Ilan University have described a machine learning system that accurately predicts riverine floods.
Phone App Enables Real-Time Hazard Tracking
A mobile app developed by the European Project I-REACT allows users to share pictures and information on natural hazards in real-time.
Flood Mitigation Benefit Outweighs Cost
The National Institute of Building Sciences’ 2018 Interim Report on Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves has revealed that projects to reduce flooding will result in significant reductions in damage costs.
No Flood for the Pub
A UK pub in Southwold Harbour proved that proper preparation can greatly minimise the damage of an impending flood.
Introducing a Global Floodplain Dataset
New research published in Scientific Data presents the first, comprehensive, high-resolution dataset of Earth’s floodplains at 250 m resolution, called GFPLAIN250m.
Extreme Rainfall Events Connected Globally
A study published in Nature has revealed the presence of global-scale dependencies of extreme-rainfall events.
Spain Taken to Court by EU for Flood Protection Failure
The European Commission is taking Spain to court as a result of its failure to comply with the EU rules on flood prevention under the Floods Directive (2007/60/.EC).
Improving Flood Incident Planning
New research published in Science of the Total Environment shows how flood incident planning for emergency responders can be enhanced through the integration of multiple types of data.
Tokyo Evacuation Centres Flood Prone
A poll conducted by Mainichi Shimbun has found that up to 38% of public evacuation centres in Tokyo are highly flood prone.
Building Resilient Properties
Property flood resilience measures have been identified as essential for reducing flood damage costs and the recovery time of properties.
There were 9 international floods reported across 12 countries throughout December 2018 and January 2019. At least 750 people died and over 260,000 were displaced.
Australian Rainfall and Runoff 2016 Practitioner’s Event (ARR2016)
27 February, 2019
2019 Floodplain Management Australia Conference
14 - 17 May, 20197
ASFPM 43rd Annual National Conference
19 - 23 May, 2019
Flood Animation Shows Danger of Flood
The Weather Channel uses immersive mixed reality to present the dangers of storm surge and floods (Website).
Floodplain Risk Management Guide
A guide to assist councils to transition to Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR2016) when developing and implementing floodplain risk management plans (Website).
2018 Review of Disaster Events
A summary of global disasters for 2018 published by CRED and UNISDR (Website).
Managing Uncertainty in Flood Forecasting
A research paper which aims to support flood forecasting practitioners in selecting appropriate uncertainty methods (Website).
Managing Disaster Risk in Southeast Asia
Report which provides a framework for assessing disaster risk management policies (Website)