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Investing in the development of an open source two-dimensional flood modelling capability

Floods are Australia's most expensive natural hazard with annual average damages estimated at $377 million. Modelling flood hazard and potential flood impact is therefore an important first step in reducing the cost of floods to the community. The availability of a rigorously tested free software modelling tool for flooding would assist in meeting this objective. ANUGA is a collaborative effort of Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University and has gained increasing interest as an open source two-dimensional flood model. The development of ANUGA for flood modelling purposes has been guided and furthered through close consultation with a number of local government and consulting engineers.

This paper highlights case studies where ANUGA has been used for both hydrological and hydraulic modelling. This paper also makes two broad recommendations. The first recommendation is for further model validation against historical flood events. Additional model comparison is also needed, particularly against other two-dimensional models. ANUGA should also be validated against a suite of hydraulic tests to provide confidence in ANUGA's ability to be used as a general purpose hydraulic model.

The second broad recommendation is that the ANUGA software is further developed to make it comparable with other two-dimensional flood models. Priorities for this development include the ability to model structures (culverts, pipes and bridges), the addition of a kinematic viscosity term and the inclusion of discharge as an inflow boundary condition. The ability to incorporate variable bed elevation in models, account for water storage in buildings and consider spatially and depth varying Manning's friction 'n' are also important. The development of a graphical (geographical information systems) user interface would make ANUGA more accessible.

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Title Investing in the development of an open source two-dimensional flood modelling capability
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Data Status inactive
Update Frequency unknown
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/dataset/96a47368-4093-44d6-9f7e-25994050cdd7
Date Published 2017-06-25
Date Updated 2018-06-26
Contact Point
Geoscience Australia
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal Geoscience Australia CSW Harvester
Publisher/Agency Geoscience Australia
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