Water challenges increase as Australia is hit with floods and cyclone
Queensland suffered "floods of unprecedented proportions, an inland tsunami so powerful it swept away lives and shattered communities, and the most powerful cyclone the nation has ever seen," said Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, in a speech to Parliament on 8 February.
"Flooding continues in New South Wales and Victoria; Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia have not been spared either. And while so much water has done so much damage and caused so much despair, the nation has also being called on to fight fire in our west."
IWC’s office in Brisbane, like much of the CBD, was closed for three days, and some of its staff have been forced to move out of badly damaged homes. Approximately 6,000 homes have been damaged throughout Queensland, and recovery time and costs are expected to be high.
IWC sends heartfelt thoughts and condolences to the thousands of people who have lost loved ones, homes or livelihoods, and whose lives will be affected for a very long time to come, by disasters in Australia and overseas.
Flood Response Taskforce
With massive amounts of freshwater, nutrients and pesticides being poured into the ocean from the floods, IWC partner SEQ Healthy Waterways has established a Flood Response Taskforce to address the impact of the floods on South East Queensland waterways.
- Podcast by Dr Andy Steven from CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship outlines the work his teams have initiated to investigate the impact of the recent flooding in Queensland on marine ecosystems in Moreton Bay and the Great Barrier Reef region.
- 7.30 report – Scientists assess flood impact to Moreton Bay
- CSIRO 2D and 3D animations of salinity, temperature and currents in Moreton Bay
- CSIRO Robotic glider to map Moreton Bay impacts
- Clean up Australia day
- Queensland Government Test results for southern Moreton Bay
- Queensland Government Scientists hit the coast to assess the impact of floods on Qld marine life
- Queensland Government Concerns for Oxley Creek water quality
- Queensland Government Encouraging results for Moreton Bay but health warnings remain
- ABC News - Before and after flood photos
- Courier Mail - Before and after flood photos
- ABC Science - Reefs reeling from Queensland floods
Brisbane flood photos
Photos © A. Middleton