Queensland to develop ‘drone zones’

The Queensland government has committed to developing “drone zones” for commercial tests of aerial drone technology. In addition to designating zones for testing aerial drones, the government will create areas for testing the land-based and marine capabilities of drones. (Last…

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…

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…