Databases Managed by Geoscience Australia

Earthquake Mapping Tool

The Earthquake Mapping Tool allows you to:

  • View recent earthquakes which occurred over the past 30 days
  • search and explore all Australian earthquakes
  • search and explore earthquakes worldwide
  • view seismograms of earthquakes over the past 90 days
  • advise Geoscience Australia when you have felt a recent earthquake.

Neotectonic Features Database

The Neotectonic Features Database contains information on faults, folds and other features within Australia that are known or suspected to relate to large earthquakes during the Neotectonic Era (i.e. the past 5–10 million years).

The neotectonic feature mapping tool allows you to:

  • Search and explore Australian neotectonic features
  • create a report for a feature of interest
  • download feature data and geometries as a csv file or kml file
  • advise Geoscience Australia if you have any feedback, or wish to propose a new feature.

Flood Studies Database

The Australian Flood Studies Database provides metadata on riverine flood studies completed in Australia between 1980 and mid 2004. It includes information on hydrology and hydraulic scenarios, historical flood events used in calibration, terrain and floor level surveys, damage assessments, inundation and hazard scenarios, information on what has occurred since a study’s completion and related studies.

The flood studies database can be searched by:

  • Date the flood study was completed
  • defining a catchment or stream name
  • selecting a geographical area.

The flood studies database can be sorted by:

  • Category of flood study.

The map will not display the location of each flood study but it can be used to identify a catchment or river name, or to select an area to search for studies.

External datasets

In addition to the wide range of hazard databases Geoscience Australia maintains, the Risk Analysis Methods Section rely on numerous externally maintained databases.

Australian Bureau of Statistics - Census Data External site link
Detailed population and dwelling information from the 2006 Census collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The data is available on a variety of scales for all of Australia. This data is used to assess the population exposed and to construct some of the social vulnerability indicators.

Bureau of Infrastructure Transport and Regional Economics Regional research External site link
Maintained by the Regional Research Team at BITRE. A range of economic and social datasets covering most if not all of Australia including: economic growth; household wealth; industry structure; social capital; and more. There is also a detailed statistical compendium for Northern Australia. This data is used in conjunction with the Census data to assess the social vulnerability of communities.

Bureau of Meteorology - Current Tropical Cyclones External site link
Historical tropical cyclone records for the Australian region. Information on southern hemisphere tropical cyclones is also available. Maintained by the Bureau of Meteorology. The data is used in conjunction with Geoscience Australia's Tropical Cyclone Risk Model to assess cyclonic wind hazard and risk.

World Climate Research Programme - Coupled Model Intercomparison Project 3 Multi-model dataset External site link
The WCRP CMIP3 Multi-model dataset collects model output contributed by leading modelling centres around the world to serve the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 1. Geoscience Australia uses the datasets to assess likely changes in variables that affect hazards such as cyclonic winds and sea level rise.

National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Tsunami Data and Information External site link
The NGDC tsunami database is a listing of historical tsunami source events and run-up locations throughout the world that range in date from 2000 B.C. to the present.

Topic contact: hazards@ga.gov.au Last updated: July 15, 2013