University of Queensland panel on drought and flood management
As the inquiry into Queensland's devastating floods began in Brisbane, the UQ Faculty of Business, Economics and Law held this panel as part of their Alumni Lunch Lecture Series.
Introducing the discussion, Professor Paul Greenfield, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Queensland and IWC Chair, said, "Normal, in this part of the world, means drought and flood, with periods in between. We live in an environment where droughts and floods are the norm."
To manage the risks of this climate pattern, Professor Greenfield says we need to:
- Integrate supplies of freshwater in a defined region, as South East Queensland has recently done,
- Diversify water supplies into climate-dependent (e.g. dams and groundwater), relatively climate-independent (such as purified recycled water), and climate-independent (desalination), and
- Slow down the flow of flood waters with dams, building practices, etc.
Listen to the panel Post-floods, cyclones and inland tsunamis; managing our water infrastructure in challenging times on YouTube.