Search help

The Australian Flood Studies Database (AFSD) is the national data catalogue of flood study information that underpins the portal. Read Portal FAQs for more information about the database and information regarding the portal.

The database can be searched to find flood studies and accompanying flood maps.

The search help is divided into three sections:

  1. Header functionality and map tools

Page Header functionality and map tools are explained along with a description on how to use them.

  1. Basic Search

Basic Search enables the user to enter search criteria and display the location of flood information with the use of markers on a map. The search can be refined by interacting with the map or using the Advanced Search function.

To understand the results from the Basic Search assistance can be found in Results Help.

  1. Advanced Search

The Advanced Search enables the user to drill deeper into the information by entering more criteria. The location of flood information is displayed using markers on the map. Interacting with the map can refine the search.

The Advanced Search will return more details about a flood study or map than the Basic Search.

In understanding the results assistance can be found in Advanced Results Help.

Page Header Explained

page header

Quick links

The Quick Links list provides links to the following Geoscience Australia web pages:

  • Discovery and Delivery System
  • Flood Maps
  • Flood Studies (advanced)
  • Water Observations from Space

help icon The help icon links to the Portal Frequently Asked Questions (Portal FAQs), located at the top right side in the page header.

Map Controls

map controls icon Symbol: Show layer switcher panel

map layers control dialog box

A view of the map layers control dialog.

Clicking the Map Layers button allows you to toggle the map layers dialog and select the map base layer and overlays you wish to display on the map.

Each type of overlay provides visual information that may assist in interpreting and understanding the map data.

The dialog allows toggling between base layers, showing or hiding other layers and changing the opacity of selected layers.

reset map icon Symbol: Reset map

Clicking the Reset Map button resets the map to the default zoom level and centres the map on the Australian mainland.

toggle off iconSymbol: Toggle off identification marker function

Toggles the `click to identify' map function. This feature is defaulted to `on'. Click a map feature to display information about a map marker.

Zoom, Pan and Scale

Zoom Controls

zoom control

Zoom control on map

The zoom control allows the user to zoom in or out of the map to see greater or less detail. Dragging the slider up or using the top arrow will zoom in on the map. Dragging the slider downwards, or using the bottom arrow, will zoom out. Alternatively, you can use the mouse scroll button to zoom in or out, if this is available on your mouse.

Pan

You can pan, or move around the map by clicking on the map, holding down the mouse key and dragging to where you wish to view.

Scale

scale indicator

Scale indicator

The map scale is a visual representation of the scale of area displayed on the map. The scale varies as you zoom in and out of the map itself.

Basic Search Explained

basic search dialog box

Location search options

Search by name:

Type in a location name into the Search by name field, e.g. Deloraine followed by hitting the `enter¿ key or clicking on the Search button. As the location name is entered, suggestions will be provided as you type into the Search by name field. The search will automatically start when you select a suggestion.

point buttonBy selecting a point:

Alternatively, select a location by clicking on the Point button and clicking on a location on the map displayed on the right side of this page. The search will automatically start when you click a point on the map.

Read the Results Help or Advanced Results Help for more information on search results.

feedback buttonbutton:

If you have some feedback, recommendations or queries regarding the Australian Flood Risk Information Portal, please fill in the User Feedback web form.

To assist you, a short list of categories to enable us to respond to you quicker is provided.

Type of Feedback:

  • Accuracy of displayed information
  • Problems with attachments
  • Currency of the study
  • Other

There is space to provide information that details your query with a contact email address if you wish to be informed of the actions resulting from your feedback.

Please note general enquiries about the flood study itself regarding methods, results and interpretation should be directed to the commissioning organisation.

There will be a visual response on the screen.

feedback form visual response

Click on the x to close the visual response on the screen.

Elect to receive a response to your feedback and a response will be made in the earliest possible time.

Advanced Search Explained

Click `Switch to Advanced¿ to display additional search options.

advanced search dialog box

Location

In addition to the search options via the Basic Search, the following functionality is available via the Advanced Search.

Include Studies in the same;

  • River Region
  • Catchment Area
  • Local Government Area

By selecting an area:
Select an area drawing a box. The fields are populated with coordinates of the box.
The coordinates can be edited or cleared to draw a box again.

selecting an area dialog box

Filters

Search for flood studies that include the following selection criteria.

Study Includes Content of Type:
Various scientific analysis components make up a flood study document. These components are called a `study content type'.

To search, select study content types from a drop down list when clicking on the field.

To narrow the search, select an All of or Any of option.

All of:
Select all studies that contain specifically selected content types.
Results will only include studies with ALL OF selected content types.

For example, ALL OF Hydraulic Modelling, Flood Inundation Mapping:

Study A Hydraulic Modelling, Flood Inundation Mapping
Study B Hydraulic Modelling, Flood Inundation Mapping, Floor Surveys
Study C Hydraulic Modelling, Flood Inundation Mapping, Terrain Surveys

Any of:
Select any studies that contain specifically selected content types
Results will include studies with ANY OF the selected content types.

For example, ANY OF Hydraulic Modelling, Flood Inundation Mapping¿:

Study A Flood Inundation Mapping, Flood Hazard Mapping
Study B Hydraulic Modelling
Study C Hydraulic Modelling, Floor Surveys

Average Recurrence Intervals:
The Average Recurrence Intervals (ARI) events may be available in the flood studies to be returned for the search.

To search, select ARI from a drop down list when clicking on the field.

To narrow the search, select an All of or Any of option.

All of:
Select all studies that contain specifically selected ARI.
This will ONLY return studies that contain all selected ARI.

For example;

Study A 2 (50% AEP), 100 (1% AEP), 200 (0.5% AEP) and 500 (0.2% AEP).
Study B 2 (50% AEP), 100 (1% AEP), 200 (0.5% AEP) and 500 (0.2% AEP).
Study C 2 (50% AEP), 100 (1% AEP), 200 (0.5% AEP) and 500 (0.2% AEP).

Any of:
Select any studies that contain specifically selected ARI.
This will return ANY studies that contain information about the selected ARI.

For example;

Study A 100 (1% AEP) and 500 (0.2% AEP).
Study B 2 (50% AEP), 100 (1% AEP), 200 (0.5% AEP) and 500 (0.2% AEP).
Study C 200 (0.5% AEP) and 500 (0.2% AEP).

Year Study Completed From:
Each flood study has a date defining when the study was completed.

Select a date range by entering a From and To date.

State:
Enter a state or territory which the flood study is associated with.

AFSID:
An AFSID is a flood study database unique identifier assigned to each flood study.

Keyword:
Enter a word to narrow the search against information available about a flood study.

Read the Results Help or Advanced Results Help for more information on search results.