EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS
Our Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems are in use by communities and governments to offer advanced warning for upcoming storms, floods, cyclones and erosion events
We develop total flood warning systems, flash flood alert systems, coastal forecasting systems (waves, storm surge, erosion), cyclone alert tools, incident management systems and disaster response platforms.
Our work includes:
New numerical model development for hydrology, flood, coastal or cyclone prediction
Establishment of live operational environments, including Delft-FEWS
Setup of multi-user platforms, with unlimited and remote user access
Integration within existing Incident Management Systems, such as Guardian IMS
Development of alert thresholds with mail or text message warning systems
National cyclone alert tool enhancements
Improvements into the national cyclone alert tool following Category 3 events in the Western Zone from TC Seroja in April 2021. Improvements were made to the processing of cyclone notifications within the Redicova portal, which operates the FEWS forecasting engine to power a parametric insurance programme for impacted zones.
Six Mile Creek (Noosa) Flash Flood Forecasting System Upgrade
Upgrades to the 6-Mile creek forecasting system to improve predictions during low-flow to moderate-scale events. New modelling was undertaken to improve rating tables, and a three-strikes (alert tracker) implemented to track threshold crossings in 30 minute increments
Byron Bay Flood Warning System
JBPacific undertook new hydrology and flood modelling, risk assessments, trigger level assessments, and software development to create a new flood forecasting and warning system for the Byron region, NSW. This Flood Early Warning System included configuration to live gauges, multiple forecast rainfall, tide and soil moisture datasets, a simulation library of flood hazards, and configuration within the Guardian Incident Management System (IMS).
Scoping paper for Suva Forecasting System
System development scoping for an impact-based Flood, Coastal and Cyclone Forecasting System to be integrated within the Guardian Computer Aided Dispatch System developed for the National Fire Authority of Fiji. Expanded capabilities within flood and coastal impacts would allow the system to be enhanced for other government departments.
Tweed Upper Coastal Creeks Flash Flood Warning System
JBPacific are developing a flash flood forecasting and warning system for three communities; Burringbar, Mooball and Crabbes Creeks. The project includes site assessments, data collection and review, hydrologic analysis, hydraulic modelling, catchment assessment including triggers and thresholds, and development of a new warning system. The forecasting system was developed within Delft-FEWS, and links with the Enviromon stream gauge system and BoM rainfall forecasts.
National-scale forecasting system for Vietnam (World Bank)
A project to increase the resilience of the people and economic assets in Vietnam to natural hazards under the National Disaster Prevention, Response and Mitigation Strategy. In partnership with Kisters, this project strengthened current weather forecasting systems, developed a warning systems for disaster preparedness, and established a multi hazard early warning systems for Vietnam.
Redicova National cyclone alert tool
JBP developed a real-time cyclone alert tool that integrates forecasts and measured data throughout Australia's national Automatic Weather Station network. It runs in the Delft-FEWS environment, with web reports displayed on webpage to summarise current alerts or forecast warnings, graphical results and export functions. The system uses national weather datasets: gridded forecasts, high-detail forecasts, operational best cyclone track datasets, AWS station feeds. It is used to trigger early notifications of upcoming disasters to initial fast insurance payments within affected areas.
MHEWS Scoping - Strengthening climate resilience of EDFC (World Bank)
A World Bank project to assess weather hazard resilience of a 1200km stretch of railway in northern India. Contributions included assisting with the development of weather hazard resilience measures recommendations, including a multi-hazard early warning system development for floods, temperature and fog.
Noosa River and 6-Mile Creek Coastal and Flood Forecasting System
A real-time coastal, wave and flood forecasting system. It uses over 30 weather stations, radar derived rainfall, radar project rainfall forecasts (RAINFIELDS) and soil moisture estimates, runs hydrology models and coastal wave models, and presents information within the JBP weather foresight online portal.
Daintree River Early Warning System
A project to develop a real-time Flood Early Warning System for the Daintree River catchment in Far North Queensland. The system uses Delft-FEWS, radar-derived rainfall, rainfall stations and flood monitors to predict flooding with a 7-day lead time. It is integrated within the JBP Weather Foresight System.
Mossman River Flash Flood Warning System
A hydrologic and flood forecasting tool developed to support local government operations, disaster management and transport management in Far North Queensland, Australia. It has been developed to offer 7-day predictions of runoff and flood levels, supporting the early warning of Council, State Emergency Services and other first responders, and their subsequent emergency planning tasks. The system provides three probabilistic forecasts at five critical roadways, with pilot systems setup to project real-time flood extents over the impacted area.
Forecasting system for the Patawalonga Lake System, Adelaide
A project to develop an automatic rainfall forecasting and warning system that offers seven-day predictions of flood risks to inform flood risk management at the manually-operated Patawalonga lake. JBP has developed an URBS hydrological model to predict flows, a forecasting model in DELFT-FEWS, and a hosting system for the user-interface.