John Abbot

University of Tasmania

John Abbot has degrees in chemistry from Imperial College London, the university of British Columbia and McGill University.  He subsequently undertook research in kinetic phenomena involving industrial processes at Queens University, Canada and the University of Tasmania. He also holds degrees in law, finance and business administration. He carried out projects in environmental science as a Professorial Research fellow Central Queensland University from 2009 to 2015.  Major flooding events in Queensland in 2011, causing loss of life, extensive property damage and disruption of industry led to developing an interest in the application of neural networks to provide improved medium-term rainfall forecasts for Australia.   A series of publications demonstrate that skill of forecasts is significantly superior to official forecasts produced using general circulation models.

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This book provides a series of topics on flood risk management from around the world. The first section includes models for improved approaches to flood risk management, the importance of groundwater management in the context of floods (focussing on Taiwan), contingency plan for local communities using flood simulation, deciding on response strategies against the identified flood risk before a flood occurs (illustrated for the Philippines) and models for estimating maximum flood heights (illustrated for Mozambique). The second section examines flood risk management relating to the urban environment, with examples from a coastal city in Saudi Arabia and a housing development in Mexico. The third section relates to flood risk management in the context of agriculture, particularly relating to damage to Asian rice crops.

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