Spatial and temporal analysis of natural disasters in New South Wales, Australia

Funding Agency

Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP130100877

Project Team

Name Position
Assoc. Prof. Dale Dominey-Howes Project Lead
Dr Eleanor Bruce Geocoastal Research Group, School of Geosciences
Tom Sewell  
Ruby Stephens  
Dr Sarah Perkins Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW

Project Details

Australia regularly experiences disasters triggered by natural hazards and New South Wales (NSW) the most populace State is no exception. To date, no publically available spatial and temporal analysis of natural disaster declarations in NSW have been undertaken and no studies have explored the relationship between disaster occurrence and socio-economic disadvantage. This project is collating and analysing data about bushfire, flood and storm disasters between 2004 and 2014. It explores the most frequently occurring natural disaster types and examines the relationship (if any) between bushfires, floods and storms and the strength of the ENSO. The project will also test for spatial clusters or ‘hot spots’ of disaster declarations in the State and examine any relationships with the most socio-economically disadvantaged Local Government Areas in NSW. The results are expected to have significant implications for risk and emergency management and our approach provides a template that may be applied elsewhere.