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Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist

Understanding floods



Read why the report was prepared.

Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Panel

Read about the Working Group and a Review Group vital to this report.


Read about flooding in Australia and what can be done to reduce the risk.

What is a flood?

Read a detailed description.

What factors contribute to floods?

Read about rainfall, catchments and river characteristics.

What are the consequences of floods?

Find out about the social, financial and environmental impacts of floods.

How do we forecast floods?

Read about weather, seasonal, river level and flood extent forecasting.

How do we communicate and warn about floods?

Improving our warning systems could reduce losses from floods.

How do we estimate the chance of a flood occurring?

What is the probability of experiencing a given size flood once or more in a lifetime?

How do we manage flood risks?

Find out about floodplain management and flood modification measures that help to reduce risk.

What does the future look like?

Read about climate change and what can be done to mitigate the impacts of flooding.

Take the Floods Quiz

Test your knowledge.


See the summary of key flood terms and definitions.

Be flood prepared

Some helpful resources on how to prepare and plan for floods.

References, links and further reading

See the list for more information.

Last updated
12 June 2018

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