Australia is in need of an early warning system to increase its ability to manage natural disasters, according to Linlin Ge, associate professor at the University of New South Wales School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems.
Writing in the Melbourne Age, Ge says the current floods in Queensland – where tens of thousands of people had only hours to prepare – could have been better managed if such a system were in place.
“Australia should have an early warning system that would allow authorities to predict flash floods and give a timely warning to people in the path of danger,” writes Ge.
One option is an Australia-specific Earth-observation satellite, suggested in a recent defence white paper.
Source: Spatial Source