The flood zone around Townsville extends for hundreds of kilometres, making monitoring difficult even from the air. But scientists are testing a new satellite method that can peer through the clouds.
Australia could have an early warning system that would let authorities predict flash floods and warn people in the path of danger, Associate Professor Linlin Ge says.
Emergency authorities responding to devastating floods across central New South Wales have new tool at their disposal courtesy of UNSW satellite radar experts.
Breakthrough work on crash-proof computers, the genetics of toxic algae and space-based radar have won recognition for three UNSW researchers at the NSW Scientist of the Year awards.
Cooperation between Australian and Chinese researchers on satellite disaster monitoring technology has been listed as a priority by China's Ambassador to Australia.
UNSW engineers who played a vital role in responding to the devastating May 12 earthquake in China received a personal thankyou from Chinese officials this week.
UNSW engineers are using detailed satellite assessment to assist with the recovery from an earthquake which hit China on May 12, killing more than 60,000 people.
UNSW's School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems has signed a five-year deal to conduct training for China's key surveying and mapping authority - a sign of the growing reputation of UNSW's spatial information team.