INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE

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Our International assistance and capacity building work spans South-East Asia and the Indo-Pacific region.  We work collaboratively on disaster risk reduction projects, focusing on natural disasters and climate change.

OUR SERVICES

 

National to regional scale hazard assessments for natural disasters, including rainfall and flood risk, extreme sea levels, coastal erosion and inundation, waterway change and bank erosion, water quality deterioration, water and food security, catchment management, climate change impacts, options appraisal, design of structural and non-structural (including NbS) mitigation options.  

Our work includes:

  • Use of our Asia-Pacific Flood Maps for national-scale assessments and prioritisation

  • New hazard mapping for floods, coastal erosion, coastal inundation, waterway erosion 

  • Risk assessments, economic assessment, cost-benefit assessments, and prioritisation  

  • Water security and food security assessments

  • Options assessment and engineering design of soft (NbS, revegetation, mangrove zones, nourishment) and hard (seawall, groynes, rock fillet) options.

  • Scoping and development of Multi-hazard early warning systems 

OUR PROJECTS

Hong Kong Southern District Typhoon Assessment (RML)

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A project to quantify storm surge damage to the Hong Kong Water World during extreme typhoons.  A 'design' typhoon approach was used, based on analysis of historic tropical cyclone activity, central pressure deficit analysis and extreme value theory.  Numerical modelling used Delft3D, which was calibrated against the Quarry Bay gauge during Typhoon Mangkhut (2018). Extreme storm surges were estimated at the site and combined with tide levels to estimate a design extreme water level.

Technical support to the Mekong River Commission Regional Flood and Drought Management Centre (AWP) 

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JBP are supporting a team of flood forecasting and drought management experts to provide technical and institutional support to the Mekong River Commission Regional Flood and Drought Management Centre (RFDMC).  Our team of Early Warning System experts are reviewing the existing structure and operations with recommendations for improvement of operational tools, systems and institutional capacity

Vanuatu, Consultancy to explore local eco-friendly technology, materials and alternatives for riverbank stabilization (SPREP) 

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Assessment of Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation approaches under the Ridge to Reef theme, to reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience to climate change in the Tagabe River watershed near Port Vila.  The Tagabe River watershed suffers from the removal of trees for firewood and topsoil disturbances from establishment of gardens along the riverbank that have contributed to degradation of the riverbank including through erosion and landslides.

PNG, Building Resilience to Climate Change and Natural Disasters in Karama and nearby communities (SPREP)

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A project with SPREP, under the Scaling up the Pacific Adaptation programme, demonstrating the benefits of multiple small-scale adaptation projects.  Tasks included site investigations, analysis, modelling, water security and food security assessments.  Prioritised actions included mangrove rehabilitation, foreshore vegetation management, multi-hazard early warning systems, trialling new food cultivars with greater salt tolerance,  and the trial of new wood burning fuel-efficient stoves, solar panels, rainwater tanks, and small-scale water production systems.

Fiji, Soasoa Integrated Catchment Management Plan, SPC 

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A project delivered under the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Scaling up Pacific Adaptation project (GCCA+ SUPA), where we are preparing an integrated watershed management plan for the Soasoa catchment in Fiji.  This project is increasing the resilience of this vulnerable community through better planning and the integration of infrastructure and ecosystem-based adaption.  This moves away from traditional ‘hard’ engineering options, and towards a more balanced approach combining hard and soft (grey or green) methods.  The project included catchment delineation, hydrologic assessment and historic flood modelling to identify areas for flood management approaches.

Norton Solar Farm Flood Risk Assessment, Zimbabwe

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A hydrologic and flood risk assessment to assess flood exposure of a new solar farm to current and future flooding. The proposed site sits on the banks of Lake Manyame, south west of Harare, bordered by a natural watercourse that runs through the township of Norton. Tasks included catchment delineation, IFD analysis, the development of a RORB hydrological model, assessment of critical storm durations, and TUFLOW hydraulic modelling

Hong Kong Airport coastal and flood model 

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A combined coastal and flood modelling project for Hong Kong.  The model used IBTrACS typhoon data to produce design cyclone scenarios.  These were modelled through the Delft3D model spanning the South China Sea, calibrated against long-term recorded water levels near Taikoo Shing, north east of Hong Kong Island.  The model was used to estimate extreme storm surges for 100 and 500-years, which were combined with high detail hydraulic modelling in Tuflow to estimate inundation

Java Tsunami Assessment (RML)

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A hazard assessment for a tsunami striking Java from the Indian Ocean. Modelling was undertaken in Delft 3D, coupled with an onshore Tuflow inundation model.  The study was used to identify high risk infrastructure along the coastline.

China & Indonesian Paper Mill Flood Assessment, Aon

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Flood Analysis for 58 major industrial locations relating to Paper and Pulp manufacturing sites throughout Indonesia and China. High-detail flood analysis was undertaken for 18 sites, with recommendations for flood defence measures and engineering solutions.  This included the concept design of flood protection options, levee banks, detention basins, raising and early warning systems

MHEWS Scoping -  Strengthening climate resilience of EDFC (World Bank) 

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A World Bank project to assessing 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.

Strengthening Integrated Flood Risk Management in Philippines (ADB)

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Our team developed a Synthetic Typhoon Event Set that can be used to assess extreme coastal surges throughout the Philippines, to support this Asian Development Bank (ADB) project. The project is being undertaken to identify locations where innovative Integrated Flood Risk strategies can be made, including Nature-Based Solutions.  The project reviewed historic typhoon tracks, undertook statistical analysis, and developed a new track database considering forward speed, bearing, central pressure, environmental pressure and the radius to max winds.

Extreme Met-ocean Analysis, Port Moresby (ARUP and JICA)

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A study for the Government of Papua New Guinea, funded through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). This assignment was part of Port Moresby Sewage System Upgrade Project (POMSSUP) which is being undertaken to reduce and prevent untreated sewage from being discharged into the sea.  Our team were involved in the estimation of ambient and extreme coastal conditions at the study site, including the assessment of cyclones using Delft3D.

Tidal Harmonics and Storm Surge Characteristics in the Mekong Delta (Mekong River Commission)

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Analysis of the tidal regime around the Vietnam Delta and the characteristics of storm surges and typhoons. Production of report in support to the Flood Management and Mitigation Programme of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat Phnom Pen illustrating the importance to flood management of the influence of tidal conditions, which extend over 400km inland in the Mekong, with recommendations that climate conditions, typhoons and storm surge events are included in all future studies.  

Climate Resilience, Coastal Protection and Management Project, Maharashtra and Karnataka, India (ABD)

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Our staff were involved in the provision of specialist climate change, coastal engineering and climate change advice. This included the development of a scoping study, review of background documents, in-country meetings, technical advice, and climate change calculations. The project strengthened the resilience of the Indian coast, coastal infrastructure and communities to the adverse impacts of climate change.

Pacfic flood maps

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Flood Hazard Mapping completed for every inhabited island, including key locations at Palau, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Soloman Is., Vanuatu and Tonga.  Mapping has been developed based on assessment of long-term rainfall records, river records, and statistical analysis to create new Intensity-Frequency-Duration datasets.  Numerical Modelling has been undertaken using JFlow - dedicated flood modelling software run on the worlds largest dedicated flood mapping computer cluster.  Elevation has been based on Intermap’s NEXTMap WORLD30 DSM and a variety of bareearth DTM datasets were used.