DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND FORECASTING 

We develop tools that turn weather forecasts into predicted impacts, increasing resilience to communities, transport networks and operations effected by weather  

OUR SERVICES

We develop industry-leading weather, coastal and flood early warning systems at local, regional and whole-country scales.  Our systems integrate predicted and recorded meteorologic conditions, soil moisture, river flow and levels, upcoming tides, and coastal surges due to cyclones and typhoons.  They can be accessed through new emergency services portals for real-time predictions or embedded into existing operational systems used by governments, emergency services, councils or transport operators.  

Rainfall screening systems

Large-scale but simple systems to screen upcoming rainfall in your upper catchment using available weather forecasts.  These can be linked to thresholds to trigger early warnings.

Our Technology: Weather ForeSight

Flood warning systems

Predictive systems for local governments providing 7 day predictions of flood impacts.  Our systems link with available disaster webpages, providing data for continuous updates.

Our Technology: Forecasting

Coastal forecasting systems

 

Prediction of upcoming tides, waves, currents, and wave overtopping  for coastal protection or real-time operations for terminal and port berths.    

Our Technology:Forecoast Marine

OUR PROJECTS

Byron Flood Warning Network

An operational flood forecasting and incident management system used by Council and SES officers. The system runs automatically, combining rainfall forecasts, radar-projected rainfall, ENVIROMON, and soil moisture estimates, to predict flood inundation.  This system integrates with the Guardian Disaster Dashboard and Incident Management System (IMS)

Noosa Flash Flood and Coastal Forecasting System

A live forecasting system to offer seven-day warnings of extreme rainfall, flooding, offshore waves, nearshore waves and coastal overtopping.  It focuses on providing 24-48 hours early warning at high-risk locations.

Daintree River Flood Foresight Pilot

A pilot system to simulate continuous flood impacts throughout the 2018 wet season in Far North Queensland. This project used the large-scale Wflow hydrology model spanning from Cairns to Cooktown.

National Cyclone Alert System

A real-time cyclone alert tool that integrates forecasts and measured data throughout the national Automatic Weather Station network.  It uses gridded forecasts operational best cyclone track datasets, and weather station feeds to identify areas hit by destructive winds.

Mossman Flash Flood Forecasting System

​This flash flood alert portal was developed to support local government operations, disaster management and transport management in Far North Queensland.  

The system runs automatically, incorporating the latest measured rain, river and soil moisture data, and BoM-rainfall predictions, with alerts accessed directly by Council staff through a web-portal.  It now offers 7-day predictions of uncoming flooding.

National-scale forecasting system for Vietnam (World Bank)

​A project to increase the resilience of he people and economic assets in Vietnam to natural hazards under national National Disaster Prevention, Response and Mitigation Strategy. In partnership with Kisters, we are undertaking this project to strengthen current weather forecasting systems, develop warning systems for disaster preparedness, and establish a multi hazard early warning systems for Vietnam. Particular emphasis is being given to strengthening the seamless integration of existing and planned hydro-met components throughout the country, and developed new in-country expertise through training.

Forecasting system for the Patawalonga Lake System, Australia (DEWNR)

​A project to develop an automatic rainfall, flood and coastal surge forecasting and warning system.  Developed through multi-agency collaboration, the system currently informs flood risk management procedures at the Patawalonga Lake with a seven-day prediction.  The system uses forecast ADFD rainfall, soil moisture, predicted surge, astronomic tides, recorded rain and flow information, and an URBS hydrological model, linked within the DELFT-FEWS system.

Cyclone Debbie forecasting and post-event flood impact (rainfall, river and surge) mapping (JBA Risk Management)

​Prediction of cyclonic flood hazard extent and post-event flood risk mapping assessment for the Category 4 Cyclone Debbie, which lead to widespread flooding to Queensland.  The mapping covered an area of approximately 1,500km from the Cassowary Coast to northern NSW, and included variable sources of flooding: either rainfall (surface water), river flooding or coastal surge flooding.  These maps were available three days before the storm  surge (using predictive coastal inundation), and within 24 hours of the rain falling (using near real-time flood mapping).

​Our team were involved with the preparation of a national review and new good practice framework for the development of future coastal flood forecasting systems. This included examination of the components that typically make up a coastal flood forecasting system, such as national forecasts and sea-level translation, and how to evaluate the quality of these components to help modellers make better decisions to improve the quality of flood forecasting. 

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