Because flooding is caused by multiple mechanisms such as extreme rainfall, storm surge and astronomical tide, accurately estimating flood levels in the Australian coastal zone is challenging. The project aims to develop a unified approach to quantifying flood risk in terms of these mechanisms. The approach is expected to provide reliable flood risk estimates for both historical settings and future climate scenarios. The improved estimation would enable Australian water agencies and policymakers to effectively design defence infrastructure (e.g. drainage systems) and urban planning policies to adapt to future flood risk.
About the Speakers
Seth Westra is the Associate Dean of Research and Innovation within the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, and has research and consulting experience across both academia and industry. Seth has contributed to the fields of hydrology, water resource assessments and climate risk, and has published over 80 journal and conference papers on these topics. He has contributed heavily to the 2016 revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, and co-chairs the Australian Energy and Water Exchange (OzEWEX) Research Initiative—a national research network that seeks to encourage a collaborative environment between researchers and end-users on issues related to the water and energy cycle.
Dr Michael Leonard is a lecturer at the University of Adelaide in water engineering and statistical modelling. His interests are in developing improved methods for flood risk assessment. Michael is also member of the National Committee on Water Engineering.
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