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Using high-resolution regional climate projections to investigate the impact of climate change on flood inundation: a case-study from Tasmania

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Brown, KAS and White, CJ and Peterson, J and West, N and Ling, F, Using high-resolution regional climate projections to investigate the impact of climate change on flood inundation: a case-study from Tasmania, Proceedings of the 34th International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research World Congress 34th IAHR World Congress 2011, 26 June-1 July, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-8. ISBN 9780858258686 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Changes to design flood hydrographs were assessed using projected changes to the magnitude of extreme rainfall events as a result of climate change. The Climate Futures for Tasmania (CFT) project has produced dynamically downscaled high-resolution climate change projections for Tasmania using the CSIRO Conformal Cubic Atmospheric Model (CCAM). The impact of climate change on flood levels was assessed for selected Tasmanian catchments, namely the lower reaches of the Huon River, Derwent River, Forth River and Mersey River. A series of design flood hydrographs for the 1:10, 1:50, 1:100 and 1:200 annual exceedance probability (AEP) events have been produced for the observed 1961-1990 period, then scaled for three future periods (2010-2039, 2040-2069 and 2070-2099) using the CFT projections. MIKE 11 and MIKE 21 hydraulic models were run for each of the selected catchments and each of the design floods. Results from MIKE 11 and MIKE 21 were used to generate flood inundation maps for use by the Tasmanian State Emergency Services (SES).

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:extreme floods, inundation mapping, climate change, dynamical downscaling
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
Research Field:Surfacewater Hydrology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts)
Author:White, CJ (Dr Chris White)
ID Code:97446
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2014-12-17
Last Modified:2016-03-09
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