Geospatial Research Institute
Flood Workshops

FLOOD WORKSHOPS

Towards Real-time Federation of Spatial Data for Hazard Risk Management

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and the Geospatial Research Institute (GRI) are collaborating on a project which is working towards enabling real-time data federation of relevant spatial and temporal data for agencies responsible for flood risk management and to develop systems which can leverage these data into products of relevance for flood risk mitigation.
The aim of these workshops are to engage with flood risk management practitioners to identify current practice and future needs for the development of a data federation system

Wednesday 20 June 2018, 13:30 – 17:00
LINZ, Level 7, Radio New Zealand House, 155 The Terrace, Wellington  - REGISTER HERE

Monday 25 June 2018, 13:30 – 17:00
Room 140, Ernest Rutherford Building, University of Canterbury, Christchurch  - REGISTER HERE

Who should attend and why?
The workshops are aimed at practitioners and professionals working in flood risk management and research in New Zealand, within local and regional government, industry, academia or CRIs. By attending you’ll be able to provide guidance for the development of a new generation of systems for flood hazard data management and analysis, helping to shape and ensure that these systems meet the needs of end users.

Project partners and funding: 

 

Further information
Dealing with natural hazards, whether planning or response, requires an increasing quantity of disparate spatial data. However, increasing data volumes are difficult to manage, particularly when data are distributed by multiple agencies. Consequently, from the hazard management perspective, data can be difficult to find and differing formats can make it challenging to produce consistent and integrated datasets across regional boundaries. This is particularly the case for nationally-relevant data for a major hazard such as flooding which crosses agency boundaries. To aid with the development of flood risk mitigation, there is a need to increase data interoperability and accessibility, allowing improved mapping and assessment of the flood hazard. This project will help to address these issues through the specification, development and testing of federated spatial data infrastructures, and the development of prototype APIs which leverage these data into relevant information.
The broad aim of this project is to conduct work which will enable real-time data federation of relevant spatial and temporal data for agencies responsible for flood risk management and to develop prototype APIs which can leverage these data into products of relevance for flood risk mitigation. The project will be conducted over two phase; in phase 1 (this project), the primary objectives are to:

  1. Engage with flood risk management practitioners (end users) to identify current practice and needs for data federation;
  2. Identify data sources and types which are relevant for flood risk management, including but not limited to infrastructure (e.g. stopbanks), topography (e.g. LiDAR), temporal data (e.g. river gauge data), flood observational data, climatology, and existing flood zonation;
  3. Review existing spatial data infrastructure technologies and assess their capabilities for real-time data federation; and
  4. Develop a prototype spatial toolbox (API) which can allow rapid (real-time) visualisation of statistics of relevance to flood risk management (e.g. 100-year flood levels; rainfall intensity-duration-frequency curves), and provide an indicative map of likely flood areas.

Phase 2 will focus on the development and implementation of the system identified.

Banner image: Waimakariri River by Gobeirne (CC BY 2.5).