The University of Newcastle, Australia

Flooding in Australia – are we properly prepared for how bad it can get?

Friday, 10 November 2017

University of Newcastle's Centre for Water, Climate and Land was successful in securing funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) for a Discovery Project to investigate how floods have varied over the past 2000 years and what effect they could have on Australia in the future.

    The cost and impact of flooding is high yet current and future flood risk is poorly understood. This project tackles this problem by implementing new historical data to show how floods have varied over the past 2000 years. More accurate estimates of how bad flooding can get will enable development of novel adaptation strategies (e.g. infrastructure, planning policy) that reduce the costs of floods and are optimal and robust under a range of plausible futures.

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