Kim Robinson

PhD student
Kim Robinson

Currently, there is little to no flash flood forecasting available in Tasmania, which leads to poor situational awareness when extreme weather occurs across the state. Kim Robinson’s research will lead to significant improvements in flash flooding forecast capability in Tasmania.

Kim has worked in the consulting industry with a focus on short-term flood forecasting for local, national and international clients. Through his work in developing flood forecasting system for clients such as Hydro Tasmania and TasWater, Kim has developed a thorough understanding of the current industry standards, areas of ongoing research and existing knowledge gaps. He is passionate about furthering flood forecasting techniques in Australia, which he aims to explore in his project.

Student project

Significant proportions of Australia’s population live in flash flood-prone areas within short duration catchments. The production of rain fields data products by the Bureau of Meteorology and recent advances in 2D hydrodynamic modelling, in conjunction with applied communications theory and practice, provide an opportunity to develop a short response catchment flood modelling and warning capability that delivers life-saving, accessible, timely, targeted and tailored warnings for flash flooding events.
Supervisory panel:
31 Aug 2020
Key findings: Effective flash flood forecasts and warnings to improve risk awareness and encourage...

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