Feds Fudge Flood Funding
Billions of dollars will be allocated to natural disaster response as part of the 2019-20 Budget but disaster mitigation funding continues to fall in real terms.
2019 FMA Conference Wrap
The annual Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) conference which took place in Canberra from 14-17 May was another resounding success.
ARR 2019 Launched
The final updates to Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR) were launched at the FMA Conference by Engineers Australia and Geoscience Australia.
The Runaway Insurance Effect
The frequency of extreme weather in Australia’s worst effected regions has doubled compared to the long-term average and may make many homes and businesses uninsurable.
Road Characteristics Influence Flood Fatalities
A paper published in the Journal of Environmental Hazards has shed light on how driver decisions to enter floodwaters may be influenced by road attributes.
#3Things Flood Awareness
NSW SES has launched the #3Things campaign to raise public awareness of flood preparedness.
The Importance of Floods to Kati Thanda
The flood waters generated from the north Queensland floods in February are breathing life into the Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda) basin.
CBA Focuses on Flood Risks
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) 2018 Annual Report identifies flooding as the second most expensive physical annual risk to customer assets.
Brisbane Flood Resilient Homes Program
Brisbane City Council in partnership with CitySmart has developed an initiative to help Brisbane residents build flood resilience.
Toowoomba’s Flood Project Wins National Planning Award
Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) flood management project was awarded the national “Hard Won Victory” honour at the Planning institute of Australia (PIA) National Awards for Planning Excellence 2019 at the Gold Coast.
Sea Level Rise Could Be Double the Forecasts
Scientists believe that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to accelerating melting in Greenland and Antarctica.
UK Environment Agency Calls for Retreat
The UK Environment Agency has warned that urgent action is required to protect communities from river and coastal floods predicted with a 4oC rise in global temperatures.
Using R in Hydrology
An article posted published in the Journal of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences has reviewed the present and future applications of open-source programming language R in hydrological sciences.
What is a flood?
A group of researchers in the Netherlands has published data showing the ascribed meanings of flood terminology differ substantially between scientists and the general public.
London's Flood Cloud
London is using Flood Cloud and Flood Modeller to more rapidly generate flood intelligence data for a broad range of users.
Tokyo’s New Real-Time Flood Modelling System
A new real-time flood projection system has been developed to aid critical decision making during floods.
Is Level a Better Measure of Frequency than Flow?
An article in the Journal of Water has compared the accuracy of estimating flood frequency using flow estimates and water level recording.
There were 26 international floods reported across 25 countries throughout May 2019. At least 173 people died and over 1.5 million were displaced.
Meteorology for Disaster Managers Masterclass
Where: Bureau of Meteorology: Level 15, 300 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW
When: 6 June, 2019
2019 TIEMS Annual Conference
Where: Goyang, Korea
When: 12-15 November, 2019
2020 FMA Conference
Where: Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
When: 19-22 May, 2020
Brisbane: Flood Awareness Map
Brisbane City Council's Flood Awareness Map is a free online tool designed to enable the general public to understand the possibility of flooding in their local area. It also provides historic flooding information and information on different sources of flooding, and was recently updated to include the latest flood data from the Citywide Creek and Overland Flow Path Flood study. (Click here).
Normalised insurance losses from Australian natural disasters: 1966–2017
A paper in the Journal of Environmental Hazards discusses how the rising cost of natural disasters is being driven by where and how Australians choose to live more than by a warming climate.(Website).