Visuals highlight flood risk

Australian researchers have developed a software tool that can be used to provide greater understanding of flood risk due to climate change.


Monash University researchers in Australia have developed an interactive flood visualisation tool that can be used to provide greater understanding of flood risk due to climate change.


The tool focuses on Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland, which has experienced two damaging floods in recent years. However, it could be applied to any other areas to help identify land at risk from flooding.


PhD student Peter Wheeler, who led the development, said: ‘It enables users to create scenarios that could be used to raise awareness of potential flood risk.


‘Until now there has been no way of visualising what may happen during a flood event at Lakes Entrance,’ Wheeler added.


The Lakes Entrance Visualisation tool can be found at the SahulTime website here: http://sahultime.monash.edu.au/LakesEntrance/