Australian Exposure Information Platform (AEIP)
Geoscience Australia’s Australian Exposure Information Platform, or AEIP for short, is a free, web-based tool, released in 2019, for users to quickly and easily create exposure reports on demand at any scale or extent across Australia.
These exposure reports provide users with critical information needed for decision-making pre, during and post hazard events, such as bushfires, floods, or a pandemic.
The reports give a detailed statistical summary of exposure: the number of people, dwellings, other buildings and structures, and agricultural and environmental assets that are within a threat area or hazard event that are likely to be impacted. However, the AEIP does not report on impact (i.e. what has been destroyed after a hazard event like a bushfire).
Before the AEIP, these exposure reports were created manually on request by Geoscience Australia. If a hazard went on for days, weeks or months and covered a large area, it would take Geoscience Australia staff many hours, working around the clock, to make these reports.
Today, this exposure information is available for free, 24/7, through the AEIP. Anyone from across the country can make their own exposure reports in minutes when and where needed—to see what is potentially exposed by a hazard, anywhere across Australia.
For more information, the following recent articles also describe the usefulness of the AEIP:
- Bushfire & Natural Hazard CRC Hazard note: The Australian Exposure Information Platform: uncovering national exposure
- Australian Journal Emergency Management: Uncovering exposure to natural hazards
AEIP created over 14,000 exposure reports to help decision makers reduce loss of life and economic impact during Black Summer. Additionally, during COVID-19 we prepared several customised requests from the AEIP for the Department of Health at three different geographic area aggregation levels. Having this exposure information at these three aggregation scales has allowed the Department of Health to compare and integrate with other health data, and report information at the same aggregation.