Tropical cyclones are one of the most catastrophic natural disasters. Globally, many coastal areas are regularly affected by these disasters and this is expected to increase in magnitude and frequency under most climate change scenarios. The intensity and extent of previous impacts due to tropical cyclones has been very high. The impacts of these cyclones could be reduced using a range of management approaches. Remote sensing and spatial analysis may provide useful information to support development and implementation of these management approaches. Several studies have been carried out globally for cyclone disaster management using satellite remote sensing and spatial analysis. However, very few applications have included multiple impacts assessment, multi-criteria integrated risk assessment and risk modelling under future climate change scenarios.

This research project aims to develop remote sensing and spatial analysis approaches as part of holistic guidelines for tropical cyclone disaster management. The project will develop and test approaches for: (1) mapping multiple tropical cyclone impacts; (2) multi-criteria integrated risk assessment; and (3) risk modelling for tropical cyclonic impacts under likely future climate change scenarios in Sarankhola upazila, Bangladesh. The initial study developed and evaluated an approach for assessing the multiple impacts of tropical cyclones Sidr (2007). The results were promising and demonstrated the capability of developed approach for assessing multiple impacts. The outcomes of project will provide valuable input to develop guidelines for effective tropical cyclone disaster management.

Funding: Research Training Program (RTP) University of Queensland Centennial Scholarship (UQCent)
Advisors: Prof Stuart PhinnDr Chris RoelfsemaDr Iraphne Childs

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