University of Technology Sydney

49117 Floodplain Risk Management

6cp; block. Forms of attendance and mode of delivery in this subject have changed to enable social distancing and reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19 in our community.
Requisite(s): 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10061 Bachelor of Engineering Diploma Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10066 Bachelor of Engineering Science OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10067 Bachelor of Engineering OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09067 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma Professional Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09066 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
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This subject aims to teach students the main elements of floodplain risk management (FRM) as practised in New South Wales. The FRM process in NSW provides for informed decision-making in the strategic management of flood risk through an appropriate:

  • understanding of flood behaviour in the catchment in its current condition and in considering the long term development of the catchment
  • understanding of the variation in hazard across the floodplain and its different sources and the associated consequences for existing and future development
  • assessment of options to manage flood risk to existing development through mitigation measures from a broad perspective consistent with the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy
  • assessment of options to develop the floodplain in consideration of flood hazard and behaviour to ensure that development extents and conditions are consistent with the maintenance of flood behaviour, the residual flood hazard and the objectives of the policy.

The subject is aimed at a wide body of students seeking a detailed knowledge and background in FRM and associated land use planning issues in NSW. The subject is supported by the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change and the Floodplain Management Authorities of NSW.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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