Severe Wind Hazard Assessment for Queensland

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Geoscience Australia is collaborating with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) on a project to explore Queensland's vulnerability to severe tropical cyclone events.

The project design provides Queensland and other jurisdiction's emergency management authorities the information required to prepare for future tropical cyclones and to guide planning and mitigation strategies. The project will also develop capability within QFES to apply the modelling tools using the most up to date input data to specific areas and scenarios into the future.

As part of this project, five regional centres were chosen for targeted tropical cyclone hazard assessments: Cairns, Townsville, Gladstone, Mackay and the Gold Coast. Geoscience Australia, in collaboration with the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (QDES) and the Bureau of Meteorology, will model the impacts of tropical cyclone scenarios to these areas to assess the potential physical damage to buildings from severe wind and storm surge under the current and future climate. The project will also carry out additional impact assessments for a remote indigenous community. The project will use scenarios from Geoscience Australia's recently released Tropical Cyclone Hazard Assessment and integrate with the most up to date building exposure and vulnerability information available in Queensland to determine likely damage from these scenarios.

Matt Chesnais, Manager, Hazard and Risk Unit at QFES said "By implementing these modelling techniques and using realistic scenarios, QFES will be able to more effectively engage with the community to address the risks from extreme wind hazards like tropical cyclones."

"The new capability developed in this project will enable QFES to help and support Queensland to plan for future cyclone impacts, at state, regional and local levels."

QFES in partnership with QDES and the National Disaster Resilience Program is providing funding for the Severe Wind Hazard Assessment for Queensland project.