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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