Severe Wind Hazard Assessment for Western Australia

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Geoscience Australia is collaborating with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) in Western Australia (WA) on a three year project to explore their vulnerability to severe wind events.

This project has been designed to provide DFES and other emergency management agencies with information required to prepare for future tropical cyclones and inform planning and mitigation strategies. The project will also develop capability within DFES to apply the modelling tools to specific areas and scenarios into the future.

As part of this project, four regional centres were chosen for targeted tropical cyclone hazard assessments; Broome, Port Hedland, Karratha/Dampier and Exmouth. Geoscience Australia will model the impacts of a category three and five tropical cyclone to these areas to assess the potential physical damage to buildings and critical infrastructure. Additional impact assessments will also be undertaken for Perth, Geraldton and Carnarvon.

Stephen Gray, Senior Intelligence Analyst at DFES said "By implementing these modelling techniques and using realistic scenarios, DFES will be able to more effectively engage the community to address the risks from extreme wind hazards like tropical cyclones."

"Through this project we will be able to help and support Western Australia to plan for cyclone impacts, at state, regional and local levels."

The Severe Wind Hazard Assessment for WA project has been funded through the WA National Disaster Resilience Program.

For more information on this project, contact