South-east Queensland’s devastating 2011 floods have inspired the creation of a floating flood warning system.
The device, dubbed the Bob-Bhoy, measures and records the direction, velocity and stream flow rate of rivers and creeks while following the river current downstream.
It is a publicly funded research venture, receiving the ARC Linkage grant from the Sunshine Coast Council.
The University of the Sunshine Coast’s Helen Fairweather says the device is a huge improvement from current immobile recording machines.
Helen Fairweather: “So the current recording devices are recording data at the one spot. For the first time now, in real time, we’ll be able to actually measure exactly what is happening in those different streamlines and water particles as they transverse those points that we are measuring.”