Natural Hazards and Infrastructure: A Data61/CSIRO initiative

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Lemiale, Vincent ORCID ID icon; Moss, Leah; Prakash, Mahesh


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IDRIM, Reykjavik, 23/08/2017


The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is the federal government agency for scientific research in Australia. CSIRO holds a unique place in the Australian landscape at the crossroads of academia, government and industry. Recognizing the growing role of data in our everyday lives, CSIRO has recently created Data61 as its new innovation hub with digital innovation and data and software integration at the heart of its mission. Data61 and CSIRO are driving a nation-wide all-hazards planning and adaptation initiative which brings together researchers, emergency services, government and the community to deliver innovative multidisciplinary approaches to build a more resilient and sustainable society able to flexibly adapt to the ever going threats of natural disaster and allied risks. Australia is a country regularly affected by many natural hazards such as severe bushfires and large scale coastal and catchment flooding events. In this talk we will discuss some of the recent initiatives led by CSIRO to improve disaster preparedness through the development of innovative and integrated computer-aided modelling and data analytics and visualisation tools for natural disaster management. These digital technologies will also serve as educational platforms for the community at large. More specifically the following case studies will be discussed: • Development of a flexible bushfire modelling toolkit called Spark which builds upon decades of bushfire research at CSIRO. • Creation of an integrated shallow water based framework called Swift for the study of floods, particularly in an urban context with the inclusion of underground infrastructure in the models. • Building of an integrated evacuation modelling system to assist local emergency services make evidenced based decisions in their infrastructure planning as well as in emergency situations. • Application of the Emergency Situation Awareness (ESA) platform that uses natural language processing and data mining techniques to provide early detection of events and to extract situation awareness information as a disaster unfolds. • Development of a federated visualisation portal that is able to interactively visualise and analyse data associated with disasters at a national and global scale. Data61 is working collaboratively with the Attorney General’s Department in Australia to investigate the possibility of utilising this system as the basis to respond to the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in an Australian context.

the University of Iceland, NORDRESS

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Lemiale, Vincent; Moss, Leah; Prakash, Mahesh. Natural Hazards and Infrastructure: A Data61/CSIRO initiative. In: IDRIM; 23/08/2017; Reykjavik. the University of Iceland, NORDRESS; 2017. 1.

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