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Dr Matthew Mason
Project Leader


Dr Mason began at The University of Queensland in late 2014 after holding academic positions at The University of Sydney and QUT. Prior to joining UQ he also worked as a catastrophe risk researcher for the industry-focused research centre, Risk Frontiers at Macquarie University. Matthew’s key areas of interest and expertise lie in the fields of:

  • Wind Engineering
  • Stochastic modelling of hazards, including convective storms and tropical cyclones
  • Probabilistic modelling of structural vulnerability to wind, water and hail
  • Catastrophe loss modelling for natural hazards
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of the atmosphere
  • Wind tunnel testing and analysis

Project leadership

Realistic disaster scenarios can be used to facilitate response planning and policymaking. They allow emergency managers to visualise the impacts of plausible events before they happen. For this study, the scenarios are classed as realistic because they have not occurred previously, but have a high likelihood of occurring and causing extensive damage. As many details as possible are taken into account, such as likely infrastructure damage, likely injuries and fatalities, loss of essential services and utilities and short- and long-term impacts of the disaster.

Posters credited

Realistic Disaster Scenarios: Severe Tropical Cyclone SE QLD

What if a category 4 tropical cyclone impacted south east Queensland? What would the impacts be? Could our emergency services cope? strong cyclones have come close to the densely populated south east of Queensland, but impacts have been limited. this will not always be the case. This project explores the impacts of a severe tropical cyclone on the region and asks, can these impacts be forecast?

Richard Krupar III Conference Poster 2016

The study of historical occurrences of natural disasters only provides a very limited view of the full range of risk Australia is exposed to.

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Thomas Kloetzke Conference Poster 2016

This study utilises the advanced research version of the weather research and forecasting (WRF-ARW) model to investigate topographic influences on track and intensity of tropical cyclone ita (2014).

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All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook