DNRM’s Spatial Information Group (SIG) played a lead role in response to the recent Queensland natural disasters through the coordination and provision of aerial imagery, flood mapping and on-line access to critical spatial information. This data has been used by many key agencies including Emergency Management Queensland, Australian Defence Force, Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Flood Commission of Inquiry, Bureau of Meteorology, local, state and federal agencies, non-government organisations, the Insurance Council of Australia as well as the public. This presentation will explain the critical role spatial information played in the response to the recent disasters in Queensland and how we plan to deploy it in future events. These examples highlight the importance and value an understanding of Geography has to effective communication and decision-making by both providers and consumers of geographic information.
Presented by Steve Jacoby, General Manager, Spatial Information, Department of Natural Resources and Mines (QLD)