Photos that tell flood stories

A new tool is utilising historical photos together with maps, data and videos to visualise the effects floods have our landscape and communities. Read more to learn just how we are telling flood stories with photos


People using TERN: Donald "DJ" Mackenzie

Logan City Council’s principal environmental officer is using TERN infrastructure to build community resilience and understanding


A collaborative project involving TERN, CSIRO and ANDS, and incorporating datasets from a wide range of stakeholders including IMOS, TERN’s Coasts facility, local councils, government agencies, and non-government agencies, will generate the most comprehensive picture yet of the diversity and extent of the impacts of the 2013 flood events in the Logan and Albert catchments of south-east Queensland.


Visualising the impacts of floods in southeast Queensland

Management across the catchment-coast-ocean continuum remains one of the greatest NRM challenges still to be addressed in Australia. Increasingly attention is also being given to the consequences of, and resilience to, extreme events like floods that can profoundly affect the geomorphology, biogeochemistry and ecology of these landscapes, and to then consider options that provide for better emergency preparedness.

This research project, jointly sponsored by TERN, CSIRO and ANDS, will use infrastructure delivered through the ANDS-funded SEQuITOR program to explore and visualise the effects of the 2013 SEQ floods across the Logan and Albert catchments and into Moreton Bay. Tools developed during this project will be able to be used in future studies of flood events in other Australian catchments.

At the first stakeholder consultation workshop in September 2013, ecologists, hydrologists, modellers, managers and science communicators from a range of public and private organisations brainstormed ways of visualising and learning from flood events. They discussed how flood related data and information can be used to create visualisation tools that aid in solving specific scientific and management questions and unknowns.

Since the first workshop, significant progress has been made on the development of a new flood visualisation tool. It tells the story of recent and historical flooding in the Logan River catchment using maps, photos, videos and data.

At the second workshop, in June 2014, attendees had the opportunity to view and provide feedback on the prototype. The project team heard from local stakeholders about what additional information, such as flood data, photos and videos, exists that could be incorporated into the tool.

The tool is now being finalised by the project team and will be launched over the coming months.  Please check this page for more updates soon...


Above: a screenshot from the flood visualisation tool prototype that was presented to stakeholders at the recent project workshop; and below: participants at the second stakeholder workshop viewing and testing the flood visualisation prototype

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