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20
Mar

Major flooding events follow 40-year cycle in south-east Queensland, study suggests.

The next serious widespread south-east Queensland flooding event could happen in 2050, according to an analysis of historical flood data for the region. Using Bureau of Meteorology’s Australian flood data across 10 south-east Queensland catchments from 1890-2014, researchers found past major flooding events occurred in a 40-year cycle, with five years of high risk and 35

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19
Mar

Floods don’t occur randomly, so why do we still plan as if they do?

Most major floods in South East Queensland arrive in five-year bursts, once every 40 years or so, according to our new research. Yet flood estimation, protection and management approaches are still designed on the basis that flood risk stays the same all the time – despite clear evidence that it doesn’t. We analysed historical flooding data from ten

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