Floodplains are among the most productive ecosystems on the planet – they are biodiversity hotspots. That's in large part due to periodic flooding between different parts of a river-floodplain system.
Flood-related stress can have a negative impact on pregnant mothers and their unborn babies. But our research found there are many strategies that can limit the harm.
Today's risks will be tomorrow's normal. That means tough decisions have to be made about human settlements having to retreat from areas most at risk, whether from floods or bushfires.
The NSW floods are a textbook example of the theoretical impacts we can expect on Australian rainfall as climate change continues.
Evacuation and relief centres are often the first place disaster-affected people go, and should provide a minimum standard of living and care. But this standard is not always met.
It's not enough to continue to build cities and towns based on business-as-usual planning principles. We need to plan and design our urban spaces around the idea that flooding is inevitable.
The expert advice is to never drive, walk, or ride through flood waters. Unfortunately, however, this is advice often not heeded. Research on psychology and floods reveals clues as to why.
Unless you've lived through it, it's hard to understand how stressful a catastrophic flood can be - both in the moment and long after the event. That's especially true for vulnerable populations.
In Australia and around the world, failures in flood warnings can have devastating effects. But 'humanitarian engineering' may have the answer.
We can design parks, open space and public infrastructure to hold excess water when flood strikes. That means better control of where floodwater ends up, reducing the risk to lives and property.
Cultures worldwide are awash with tales of great floods. What can they tell us about the reality of a wetter world?
Clear messaging is crucial when dealing with multiple disasters.
NOAA released its list of climate and weather disasters that cost the nation more than $1 billion each. Like many climate and weather events this past year, it shattered the record.
La Niña means we are forecast a wet winter – and people are struggling and ill-prepared.
Because the forecast for rainfall in the Rift Valley basin is a rising trend, the lake levels look set to rise even more in the future.
Mosquitoes love the wetter weather La Niña brings to some parts of Australia. But will we see more mosquito-borne disease?
Khartoum, one of Africa's largest cities, is both blessed and threatened by the dynamics of the Nile Rivers.
To prevent the humanitarian disasters that follow floods in Sudan, more attention needs to be paid to infrastructure planning.
Damage to septic tanks is one of the major health hazards people face when they return to their bushfire-affected homes. It was simply dumb luck a disease outbreak didn't happen last summer.
Local government and humanitarian actors are faced with tough choices of prioritising, managing and balancing resources, locations and constituencies.