Understanding and Mitigating Hazards

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PhD: Improving flood forecast skill using remote sensing data

Supervisor:

Dr. Valentijn Pauwels Monash University

This body of research seeks to utilise data made available by satellites to improve hydrological and hydraulic flood modelling. Land-based sensors can often be subject to damage or malfunction in the event of a natural hazard, and direct measurement of flood extents/levels can also be a dangerous exercise. It is therefore prudent to have other methods of obtaining data for flood prediction. Remote sensing data is derived from aerial sensor technologies and provides an alternative to these issues, whilst also giving data on larger scales for more widespread mapping of flood events.

This proposed study aims to apply technology developments, including recent space missions giving Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, to inform the flood modelling process. This project will undertake a process known as data assimilation to find the optimal use of remote sensing data within industry-used hydrological modelling software. Various methods will be developed to adapt remote sensing data to flood events in Australia. In particular, the role of errors within the modelling process will be explored to give an understanding of the confidence provided by any predictions. Ultimately, the primary focus of the research will be to assist emergency service organisations with tools and information for their effective response to flooding in Australia.

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Lyndsey Wright

Contract Research and Education Manager, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Phone: 03 9412 9600
Email: lyndsey.wright@bnhcrc.com.au

Level 5 / 340 Albert Street
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002

Postgraduate Scholarships Application Process

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC postgraduate scholarships are available for students pursuing research higher degrees in the bushfire research fields, in line with Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC projects.

Both Full and Top Up scholarships and project support funding are available for outstanding students, with preference given to the provision of top up scholarships.

Current funding amounts are:

  • Full Scholarships of up to $28,000 per annum for three and a half years.
  • Top Up scholarships of $10,000 per annum for three and a half years to holders of Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and University Research Scholarships.

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