Flood vulnerability research at Geoscience Australia

Maqsood, S, Wehner, M, Edwards, M and Juskevics, V 2014, 'Flood vulnerability research at Geoscience Australia', in Proceedings of the Floodplain Management Association National Conference (FMA 2014), Deniliquin, Australia, 20-23 May 2014, pp. 1-10.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Flood vulnerability research at Geoscience Australia
Author(s) Maqsood, S
Wehner, M
Edwards, M
Juskevics, V
Year 2014
Conference name FMA 2014
Conference location Deniliquin, Australia
Conference dates 20-23 May 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Floodplain Management Association National Conference (FMA 2014)
Publisher Floodplain Management Association
Place of publication Australia
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Abstract Australia has experienced devastating floods in recent years which have resulted in significant financial loss and disruption to communities. Even though flood events have regularly impacted Australian communities comparatively few research initiatives have been taken in Australia to address the flood vulnerability of buildings and to develop cost-effective mitigation strategies. Estimation of flood losses is considered to be a crucial component of flood mitigation decisions that are increasingly being made on the basis of cost-benefit analyses. Geoscience Australia (GA) has developed flood vulnerability models based on the observations from the 2011 Queensland floods as a fundamental contribution towards flood management. The aim was to improve and augment existing vulnerability models for residential, commercial and industrial buildings. A dataset of flood losses collected through field and postal surveys was then utilised to validate the developed models. Building on research to date, GA now leads the Cost-Effective Mitigation Strategy Development for Flood Prone Buildings Project within the new Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC). The overall aim of this research project is to develop an evidence base to inform decision making on risk mitigation for flood prone buildings. The work will focus on benefit versus cost analysis for key mitigation options for selected flood prone building types. This paper provides an overview of the GA's work on flood vulnerability and describes the future research activities of the BNHCRC project and anticipated outputs.
Subjects Structural Engineering
Earthquake Engineering
Copyright notice © Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) 2014. Creative Commons Attribution License.
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