We believe in collaboration between industry and academia, and support the ongoing research in extreme weather management.  This includes the development and use of physical models to demonstrate catchment, river and coastal processes, and teach the key principles of flood and coastal risk management.

Coastal Hazard Assessments

The ‘mini’ flume demonstrates the interaction of engineered structures with flow in a channel.  It is used to demonstrate how changes to a creek or river will influence hydrologic processes, and their effect on flooding.  

See our flume here.

Flood Studies

Our wave tank demonstrates coastal processes, wave dynamics, risks and mitigation options for coastal and climate change risk management (using both hard and soft options)

See our tank here.

Stormwater Assessments

Our AR Sandbox provides an interactive visual tool showing how topography affects water moving through a catchment.  It can be used to demonstrate hydrologic theory and flood risk management options.

See our sandbox here.


Every year we partner with universities and students to deliver new research.  A list of our recent partners and projects are shown below.  We are always looking to support new students so get in touch if you have an idea for new research in extreme weather, flooding or coastal risk management. 

Rosie's multi-hazard risk assessment to support Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) in Vanuatu

Rosie Sanderson (IWC / Griffith Uni) is working on Pacific Island Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH).  She is researching how hazardous faecal pathogens are affecting residents in informal settlements in Port Vila, Vanuatu, and how those pathogens move around their communities. The combination of pit latrines, leaky septic tanks, insecure land tenure and exposure to flooding and storm inundation all increase the risk of poor health outcomes. JBPacific is supporting the project by providing our Pacific Flood Maps  for Vanuatu, which is being combined with detailed spatial data and smart GIS processing, to help provide clear, actionable outputs to project stakeholders.

Mike's investigation of nature-based coastal protection

A project to investigate the role of coastal vegetation on beach erosion.  An important factor in the cycle of beach erosion and accretion (re-distribution) is the presence of coastal vegetation. In coastal areas, vegetation serves to limit the amount of erosion that occurs as well as to recapture newly-deposited sediment. A range of lab tests were reviewed through a wide-ranging literature review, with results indicating vegetation may limit erosion between 10-30%.  These physical tests were then able to be repeated in the numerical model XBeach.

Giang's project to use Integrated Water Management principals for flood risk management (International Water Centre)

A project to investigate how new Integrated Water Management principals could contribute to the development of flood mitigation within remote communities.  In addition to being low-cost options (in contrast to structural elements such as detention basins) these measures can also include high economic, social and environmental values. Giang's project will focus on solutions to supporting for three main components of flood-risk management; including prevention, protection and preparedness.

Hakan and Luc's new AR Sandbox design (Griffith University)

​As part of their mechanical engineering degree with the Griffith University, we challenged Hakan and Luc to improve the current design specifications of an AR Sandbox, to make it more portable.  They made improvements to the projector, the stand and frame, which can now fit into the back of a mini cooper, and is able to be taken to see a greater number of school students.  

Courtney's new approach to quantify coastal values for economic studies (Griffith University)

​A project to integrate Australian and International best practises into a new economic analysis methodology to value non-surfing beaches. This project was undertaken in conjunction with UK economists to allow a financial estimate to be made on the value

of a beach to the community and its local government area. It considers tangible values (e.g. assets and infrastructure), and intangible elements such as the income drawn by tourism, day trippers, and the ‘amenity’ to local residents.

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