Australian Bureau of Meteorology to use real-time data for national flood monitoring system

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The Australian Bureau of Meteorology approached the market looking for a proof of concept of flood intelligence modeling to help emergency services stay informed throughout the lifecycle of potential flooding.

The agency said the short-term solution, due for delivery by Feb. 28, 2022, must be able to provide a seven-day forecast to help with flood preparedness, real-time data during floods. events, post-event data to show the actual impact of events, as well as aggregated annual flood data.

At the same time, the tender documents also indicated that the system had to be “very precise” to ensure national coverage.

“Before, during and after floods, there is an urgent need for flood forecasting, real-time flood analysis and post-event flood extent data to support decision-making before, during and after the events ”, the tender documents declared.

Deadline for submissions on November 16, 2021.

This solution would add to the growing number of tools available to emergency services to help them monitor and predict natural disasters.

Earlier this year, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council signed an agreement to develop a bushfire simulation tool for use by fire departments. fire and emergency across the country.

The bushfire simulation tool to be called Spark Operational will be based on CSIRO’s Spark fire forecasting platform, which uses existing data on fire behavior to produce forecasts, statistics and visualizations. the spread of bush fires.

Just last week, the Minderoo Foundation set itself what it claimed was a bold goal to help Australia put out bushfires in one hour by 2025.

Part of achieving that goal, according to Lee Goddard, head of the Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative, would involve tapping into real-time mapping and Earth observation data.

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