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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 help emergency managers better understand disasters. They allow for visualisation of potential impacts before disasters happen, and enable proactive planning for these events. This project, now in its utilisation phase, developed realistic disaster scenarios using catastrophic loss models so that vulnerable areas, utilities and assets within our major cities can be identified.
Year Type Citation
2017 Report Krupar, III, R. & Mason, M. S. A modified Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia (2015) scenario: wind and storm tide hazards and impacts. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Report Loridan, T. & Mason, M. S. Using realistic disaster scenario analysis to understand natural hazard impacts and emergency management requirements: annual project report 2016-17. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Report Kloetzke, T. et al. Severe wind hazard preliminary assessment: Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Whitsunday Coast, Queensland, Australia. (James Cook University, 2017). at <https://www.jcu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/422951/TC-Debbie-Rapid-Assessment-Report_v8.pdf>
2017 Report Boughton, G. N. et al. Tropical Cyclone Debbie: damage to buildings in the Whitsunday Region. Technical report (James Cook University, Cyclone Testing Station) (James Cook University, 2017). at <https://www.jcu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/461178/TC-Debbie-report.pdf>
2016 Report Mason, M. S. A southeast Queensland tropical cyclone scenario. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Conference Paper Krupar, III, R. & Mason, M. S. Forecasting the impact of tropical cyclones using global numerical weather prediction ensemble forecasts: a Tropical Cyclone Marcia (2015) wind and rainfall case study. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Conference Paper Kloetzke, T., Mason, M. S. & Krupar, III, R. Evaluating topographic influences on the near-surface wind field of Tropical Cyclone Ita (2014) using WRF-ARW. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2015 Report de Oliveira, F. Dimer & Mason, M. S. Using natural disaster scenarios to better understand emergency management requirements: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Conference Paper Parackal, K. I., Mason, M. S., Henderson, D. J., Smith, D. J. & Ginger, J. D. Investigation of damage: Brisbane 27 November 2014 sever storm event - non peer reviewed extended abstract. Adelaide Conference 2015 (2015).
2015 Report Mason, M. S. & Parackal, K. I. Vulnerability of buildings and civil infrastructure to tropical cyclones: A preliminary review of modelling approaches and literature. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2014 Journal Article Haigh, I. D. et al. Estimating present day extreme water level exceedance probabilities around the coastline of Australia: tropical cyclone-induced storm surges. Climate Dynamics 42, 139-157 (2014).
2014 Journal Article Haigh, I. D. et al. Estimating present day extreme water level exceedance probabilities around the coastline of Australia: tides, extra-tropical storm surges and mean sea level. Climate Dynamics 42, 121-138 (2014).

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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Realistic disaster scenario analysis: North QLD cyclone

A modified severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia (2015) landfall event was generated. The modified case study creates a worse case wind and flood scenario for the town of Yeppoon, Queensland, with additional wind and flood impacts to residentia, commercial and industrial buildings than experienced during the event.